Medicare’s Annual Wellness Visit
Medicare pays for Annual Wellness Visits to manage enrollees’ good
health. This includes making changes to improve quality of life and detecting
health concerns early.
Annual Wellness Visits include:
- Personal and family medical history
- Blood pressure, weight and vision checks
- Depression screening
- Brief cognitive screening for Alzheimer’s disease and other types
- Medication check
- Functional screening about ability to perform activities of daily living
- Home-safety screening
- Fall-risk screening
- Advanced care planning
Why are Annual Wellness Visits important?
- They help identify high-risk patients to ensure these patients receive
- They may help reduce falls. One in four adults over 65 falls every year.
Falls are a leading cause of injury-related deaths in older adults.
- They address issues that may otherwise go unnoticed. For example, half
of people suffering from depression don’t receive treatment.
- They establish a partnership with your health care provider to improve
quality of life.
An Annual Wellness Visit is a preventive care benefit. It is not a physical
examination, which is not covered. Some health care providers may perform
additional tests or services during the wellness visit. A copayment and/or
deductible may apply.
How to make an appointment
To make an appointment for a Medicare Annual Wellness Visit, contact your
primary care provider’s office.