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Medicare Annual Wellness Visit Information For You
If Medicare covers you, you have a number of free preventive care services available to you to promote your health and wellbeing.
All Medicare beneficiaries are eligible for an annual wellness visit, a yearly appointment with your health care provider to update or develop a five to 10-year prevention schedule based on your needs.
If you have been receiving Medicare Part B benefits for at least 12 months and have not had an initial "Welcome to Medicare" exam, you are now eligible for this free benefit.
There are no deductibles or coinsurance payments associated with this visit.
Be sure when you are scheduling the appointment you do not indicate you want a physical, which you will be charged for.
This is not a head-to-toe physical, but more of a health risk assessment.
The exam will include checking to be sure your heart, lungs and other body systems are working properly.
You should be prepared to answer questions regarding your medical history, current medications, cognitive functioning, and any concerns you may have about your health. The health professional you choose will also take routine measurements like your height, weight and blood pressure.
No charge for Medicare beneficiaries.
If you have Original Medicare, in addition to the annual wellness visit, there are a number of preventative care services available to you with no coinsurance deductible if you see a doctor who accepts the assignment.
The physician is not able to charge you separately for more than the Medicare covered amount for the service.
If you are in a Medicare Advantage plan, your plan will not be able to charge you for preventative care services that are free for people with Original Medicare, as long as you see in-network providers.
Other preventive services
Depression screenings, diabetes screenings, heart disease screening, hepatitis C screening, HIV screening, medical nutrition therapy, obesity counseling, osteoporosis screening, sexually transmitted disease screenings, smoking cessation counseling as well as a number of vaccinations.
Some of the other Medicare preventive services that can be provided without coinsurance or a deductible include: abdominal aortic aneurysm screening, alcohol counseling, breast, cervical, colon lung, and prostate cancer.
These services will not be a part of your annual wellness visit, but may be suggested by your health professional as follow-up care following your visit.
The best way to stay healthy is to live a healthy lifestyle by exercising, eating well, keeping a healthy weight, and not smoking.
Preventive services like the annual wellness exam can help, too, by finding health problems early, when treatment works best.
Call 1-800-MEDICARE for more information on any of these screenings or visit www.medicare.gov to get the most current information on what is covered.
Please contact us if you need more information and advice by phone at 845-452-4311 or email us at [email protected].
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