Your Medicare preventive visit and yearly wellness exams are your annual chance to discuss your plan of preventive care with your provider.
“Welcome to Medicare” Preventive Visit
This visit is available within the first 12 months of enrolling in Medicare Part B. It includes a review of your medical and social history related to your health and education/counseling about preventive services, including certain screenings, shots, and referrals for other care, if needed. Your provider will ask you to fill out a Health Risk Assessment. Answering these questions can help you and your provider develop a plan to stay healthy and get the most out of your visit.
During your visit, a nurse or provider will:
- Record your medical and social history (alcohol or tobacco use, your diet and activity level)
- Check your height, weight, and blood pressure.
- Calculate your body mass index (BMI).
- Give you a simple vision test
- Review your potential risk for depression and your level of safety.
- Offer to talk with you about creating advance directives, which are legal documents that allow you to put in writing what kind of healthcare you would want if you were too ill to speak for yourself.
When you come for your Welcome to Medicare Preventive Visit, plan to bring the following items:
- Any forms you were asked to complete prior to your visit
- All of your medication containers (including prescription and over-the-counter medications in their original container)
- Driver’s license
- Insurance card
- Advance Directives, if you already have one
Annual Wellness Visit
If you’ve had Medicare Part B for more than 12 months, you can schedule your Annual Wellness Visit to create or update a personalized prevention help plan. This plan is based on your current health and risk factors to prevent disease and disability. Your provider will ask you to fill out a Health Risk Assessment. Answering these questions can help you and your provider develop a plan to stay healthy and get the most out of your visit.
This visit includes:
- Health risk assessment
- Review of medical and family history
- Develop or update a list of current medical 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