Annual Wellness Visit (AWV)

Are you over the age of 65 and enrolled in Medicare Part B or a Medicare Advantage Plan? If so, then you’re eligible for an Annual Wellness Visit every 12 months. Medicare covers this visit at 100%. The goal of the wellness visit is to allow patients the opportunity to speak with their primary care provider about ways to prevent disease and improve overall health.

What to Expect:

During your visit, your primary care physician will develop your personalized prevention plan. and will:

  • Perform routine measurements, such as your height, weight, blood pressure, and body
    mass index (bmi);

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  • Discussion of personalized health advice that takes into account your risk factors
    and specific health conditions or needs, including weight loss, physical activity,
    smoking cessation, fall prevention, and nutrition;
  • Discussion of referrals to other appropriate health education or preventive
  • counseling services that may help you minimize or treat potential health risks ; and
  • Planning a schedule for the Medicare screening and preventive services you will
    need over the next 5 to 10 years.

Prior to your visit, we will call you to collect information and ask a series of questions that will help determine your personalized prevention plan. Some of the topics we will review over the phone are:

  • Review of your individual medical and family history;
  • Review of the medications, supplements, and vitamins that you are currently
    taking;
  • Discussion of the care you are currently receiving from other health care providers;
  • Review of your functional ability and level of safety (for example, your risk of
    falling at home), including any cognitive impairment, as well as a screening for
    depression, activities of daily living and more

Will I have a physical exam during my visit?
An AWV does NOT include a physical exam and is NOT intended to be an appointment for diagnosis and detection of illnesses. Rather, this appointment should be viewed as a time to assess your overall health and wellness.

Can I talk about my other medical problems at the visit?
Yes. At this visit, if we need to address other medical concerns (like a sore knee or other medical conditions), we want you to know you may have a deductible or copay.

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To see if you are eligible for AWV call (540) 374-5200 or (540) 300-5800