Medicare Wellness Exam 


Beginning January 1, 2011, Medicare covers an "Annual Wellness Visit" in addition to the one-time "Welcome to Medicare" exam.  The "Welcome to Medicare" exam occurs only once during the first twelve months as a Medicare patient. You may receive your Annual Wellness Visit after you have been with Medicare for more than one year, or it has been  at least once year since your "Welcome to Medicare" exam. 

The Annual Wellness Visit is not the same thing as what many people often refer to as their physical exam.  Medicare is very specific about what the "Annual Wellness Visit" includes and excludes. 

At the Annual Wellness Visit, your provider will talk with you about your medical history, review risk factors, and make a personalized prevention plan to keep you healthy.  The visit does not include a hands-on exam or any testing that your provider may recommend, not does it include any discussion about any new or current medical problems, conditions, or medications.  You may schedule another visit  to address those issues or your provider may charge the usual Medicare fees for such services that are beyond the scope of the Annual Wellness Visit. 

If you would like to schedule an annual physical, including lab work or other diagnostic testing, medication management, vaccinations, and other services, please understand that these services will be charged and covered according to Medicare's usual coverage guidelines.  However, you  may still develop a care plan based on the Annual Wellness Visit criteria. 

We appreciate the trust you put in us to take care of your health care needs and hope that you will take advantage of this benefit and work with our providers to create your personalized prevention plan. 

PLEASE PRINT THE MEDICARE  WELLNESS FORMS AND BRING THEM COMPLETED TO YOUR SCHEDULED WELLNESS VISIT