Welcome to Medicare Preventive Care Visit

Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers a one-time “Welcome to Medicare” preventive care visit within the first 12 months you are enrolled into Part B.

What is it?

The Welcome to Medicare Preventive Care Visit includes a review of your medical and social history related to your health and education in addition to counseling about preventive services such as the following:

  • Certain screenings, flu and pneumococcal shots, and referrals for other care if needed.
  • Height, weight, and blood pressure measurements
  • Body mass index (BMI) calculation
  • A simple vision test
  • A review of your potential risk for depression and your level of safety
  • An offer to talk with you about creating advance directives
  • A written plan letting you know which screenings, shots, and other preventive services you need

What are my costs?

You pay nothing for this visit if your doctor or other qualified health care provider accepts assignment, and the Part B deductible does not apply.  However, you may have to pay coinsurance including the B deductible if:

  • Your doctor or other health care provider performs additional tests or services during the same visit.
  • These additional tests or services aren’t covered under the preventive benefits.

Important notes

When making this appointment inform your doctor’s office you would like to schedule your “Welcome to Medicare” preventive care visit and bring the following:

  • Medical records, including immunization records
  • Family health history
  • A list of any prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, or supplements you’re currently using and for what purpose

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