Medicare Annual Wellness Visit

Medicare Preventive Services

Most of us don’t visit the doctor until we’re sick. But as a Medicare – Part B enrollee, you get a free Annual Wellness Visit to help keep you feeling your best. A Medicare Annual Wellness Visit keeps you up-to-date on immunizations, preventive services and more – and provides yearly screenings to catch potential problems before they become serious.

Learn more about your Medicare coverage options by contacting a local insurance agent or calling Medicare directly at 800.MEDICARE

Your First Medicare Physical Visit – Getting Ready

How to Prepare for Your “Welcome to Medicare” Exam

  • Find a Medicare qualified Mercy primary care provider to schedule and be sure to tell them this will be your “Welcome to Medicare” visit
  • Bring a record of all your medical information
  • Bring a full list of current prescription and over-the-counter medications including all supplements and vitamins
  • Know your family’s health history

At your first Medicare Wellness Visit, your Mercy provider will review your medical history and help you develop a personalized wellness plan based on your current health, lifestyle and risk factors to help you manage your health and prevent disease.

What Happens During Your Medicare Annual Physical?

Your Medicare Wellness Visit is more than a physical. It includes screenings, immunizations and boosters, and referrals for additional tests or services, if needed. During the exam your Mercy provider will:

  • Measure your height, weight, blood pressure and body mass index (BMI)
  • Review your medical, surgical, social history (such as alcohol, tobacco and drug use) and family history
  • Review your current prescribed and over-the-counter medications
  • Perform a basic vision and hearing test
  • Perform a basic depression and cognitive screening test
  • Complete a health risk and safety assessment
  • Discuss end-of-life planning
  • Plan a list of recommended future preventive screenings and services
  • Discuss referrals for services or programs to help minimize or treat potential health risks

Some of these services may be performed by a registered nurse, physician assistant or other provider.

Own Your Health by Scheduling an Annual Medicare Wellness Visit

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