What is a Yearly Wellness Visit?

If you are enrolled in Medicare and have had Medicare Part B coverage for at least a year, you are entitled to a yearly wellness visit. The yearly wellness visit is an annual appointment with your primary care provider to create or review a personalized prevention plan. This may help prevent illness based on your current health status and risk factors. 

However, it is important to note that the yearly wellness visit is not the same as a physical. The yearly wellness visit is also separate from the one-time Welcome to Medicare preventive visit, though they are similar. 

What Is It?

The yearly wellness visit is covered under Medicare Part B. You are eligible if you have been enrolled in Part B for over 12 months and you have not received an annual wellness visit in the last 12 months. It is important to note that you cannot receive your yearly wellness visit the same year you receive your Welcome to Medicare preventive visit. 

During the first visit, the primary care physician will create a personalized prevention plan and may also check your blood pressure, height, weight, and other measurements. You may be required to fill out a questionnaire about your current health status, behavioral risks, and urgent healthcare needs. 

The primary care provider will also assess your functional ability and safety level, which will make sure you can do the activities of daily living without the risk of being hurt or falling. A screening for hearing will also be part of this. You may also be screened for Alzheimer’s or depression. 

Your follow up wellness visits will involve your primary care physician updating anything that needs updated, such as your medical history. They will also make suggestions, give advice, or make referrals if they feel it is necessary for you to stay healthy.

Costs

If you qualify for the yearly wellness visit, Medicare will cover all of the costs as long as you received it from a participating provider. This means no deductible or coinsurance coming out of your pocket! Now, if during this visit your doctor requires diagnostic testing, Medicare may bill you for this. 

If you want to learn more about Medicare and what else it will cover, contact us today at 561-225-3022. We are here to help you and will make sure you get the coverage you need!