Medicare is proactively supporting preventive medicine by covering the costs of an Annual Wellness Visit and screenings. The earlier we can detect health issues, the better they can be managed. Patients appreciate the time spent and opportunity to ask questions about their health. Appalachian Regional Medical Associates feels the benefits of this program can have a huge impact on helping patients stay well.
What is an Annual Wellness Visit (AWV)?
Medicare Part B covers a yearly visit to a healthcare provider at no cost to you to help prevent disease and disability. At this appointment, you and your provider will discuss your current health and risk factors and develop a personalized prevention plan to help you stay healthy.
The Annual Wellness Visit may include:
Health Risk Assessment
Height, weight, BP and body mass index
Medication and family history review
Identify your current providers
Health and wellness education
Personalized health report (5 – 10 year plan)
Consultation with the provider
Counseling for tobacco use or alcohol use
Advanced Directive and Healthcare Power of Attorney review
Additional screenings may also be recommended based on the health risk assessment and screenings. These may require a co-pay or co-insurance.
How to make an appointment
You can call call 828-386-2038 or any Appalachian Regional Medical Associates primary care office to schedule your Annual Wellness Visit. Family Nurse Practitioner Ginger Warren travels between these offices so that you have a convenient location. She will schedule follow-up appointments with your primary care provider to deal with any concerns identified in the AWV.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How often should I have an AWV?
You should have an AWV once per year. After the first 12 months of participating in Medicare, patients qualify for once every 12 months for additional wellness visits.
How much does it cost?
There is no cost to you for the appointment. The Annual Wellness visits are fully covered by Medicare as long as you have not had a previous AWV within the past 12 months. Some screenings may require a co-pay or co-insurance.
Is the Annual Wellness Visit the same as the yearly physical?
No, the Annual Wellness Visit is a preventive visit and does not replace your annual physical exam or ‘checkup.’
For more information about Annual Wellness Visits, be sure to ask your provider or visit www.medicare.gov.