Yearly Wellness Visit
If you’ve been enrolled in Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) for longer than 12 months you can receive a yearly “Wellness” visit once every 12 months to develop or update a personalized prevention plan against disease and disability, based on your current health and risk factors. Your provider may also perform a cognitive impairment assessment.
What is it?
Your provider will ask you to fill out a questionnaire, called a “Health Risk Assessment,” as part of this visit. Answering these questions can help you and your provider develop a personalized prevention plan to help you stay healthy and get the most out of your visit. It can also include:
- A review of your medical and family history
- Developing or updating a list of current providers and prescriptions
- Height, weight, blood pressure, and other routine measurements
- Detection of any cognitive impairment
- Personalized health advice
- A list of risk factors and treatment options for you
- A screening schedule (like a checklist) for appropriate preventive services
- Get details about coverage for screenings, shots, and other preventive services
- Advance care planning
The personalized prevention plan is designed to help prevent disease and disability based on your current health and risk factors.
The cognitive impairment assessment is performed to look for signs of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
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.