The Annual Wellness Visit is not a standard “physical,” conventional checkup, or fix when you are sick. The result of a Wellness Visit is a proactive plan for your preventive care in the coming year to help you achieve optimal wellness.
Medicare has replaced the traditional “Annual Physical” with
- Welcome to Medicare Visit within the first 12 months of your enrollment
- Initial Annual Wellness Visit – must be at least 11 months after the Welcome to Medicare visit
- Subsequent Annual Wellness Visit – performed every year but must be at least 12 months after the last Annual Wellness visit
Traditional Medicare does not include any lab work for these visits. They require us to collect and conduct a thorough review of medical history and current chronic conditions—but no treatment or labs.
Important: Many Medicare Advantage Plans will pay for a traditional Annual Physical that includes lab work, but Medicare does not.
We’ll ask you to fill out a health-risk assessment questionnaire covering your medical history and lifestyle. Next we’ll record your height, weight, and body mass index (BMI).
Medicare and the Medicare Advantage plans want us to conduct a review every 12 months and to compare year after year to see if patients have lost any ground in their cognitive and/or physical skills.
We are happy to collect this information as part of another regular visit and review the results at another time, as well as schedule any necessary tests or services. We’ll ask you to fill out a health-risk assessment questionnaire covering your medical history and lifestyle and record your blood pressure, height, weight, and body mass index (BMI).