Annual wellness visit
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The Annual Wellness Visit (AWV) is a yearly appointment with your primary care provider (PCP) to create or update a personalized prevention plan. This plan may help prevent illness based on your current health and risk factors. Keep in mind that the AWV is not a head-to-toe physical. Also, this service is similar to but separate from the one-time Welcome to Medicare preventive visit.
Health care professionals have an opportunity to be separately paid for important services while improving your Medicare patients’ self-management, health outcomes, and patient satisfaction.
Medicare Part B covers the Annual Wellness Visit if:
- You have had Part B for over 12 months
- And, you have not received an AWV in the past 12 months
Additionally, you cannot receive your AWV within the same year as your Welcome to Medicare preventive visit.
Medicare Part B Covered services
A "Welcome to Medicare" preventive visit:
You can get this visit only within the first 12 months you have Part B. This visit includes a review of your medical and social history related to your health and education and counseling about preventive services, including these:
- Check your height, weight, blood pressure, and other routine measurements
Give you a health risk assessment
- This may include a questionnaire that you complete before or during the visit. The questionnaire asks about your health status, injury risks, behavioral risks, and urgent health needs
Review your functional ability and level of safety
- This includes screening for hearing impairments and your risk of falling.
- Your doctor must also assess your ability to perform activities of daily living (such as bathing and dressing), and your level of safety at home.
- Learn about your medical and family history
Make a list of your current providers, durable medical equipment (DME) suppliers, and medications
- Medications include prescription medications, as well as vitamins and supplements you may take
Create a written 5-10 year screening schedule or check-list
- Your PCP should keep in mind your health status, screening history, and eligibility for age-appropriate, Medicare-covered preventive services
Screen for cognitive impairment, including diseases such as Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia
- Medicare does not require that doctors use a test to screen you. Instead, doctors are asked to rely on their observations and/or on reports by you and others.
- Screen for depression
Provide health advice and referrals to health education and/or preventive counseling services aimed at reducing identified risk factors and promoting wellness
- Health education and preventive counseling may relate to weight loss, physical activity, smoking cessation, fall prevention, nutrition, and more.
Yearly "Wellness" visits:
If you've had Part B for longer than 12 months, you can get this visit to develop or update a personalized prevention help plan. This plan is designed to help prevent disease and disability based on your current health and risk factors. Your provider will ask you to fill out a questionnaire, called a “Health Risk Assessment,” as part of this visit. Answering these questions can help you and your provider develop a personalized prevention plan to help you stay healthy and get the most out of your visit. It can also include:
- Check your weight and blood pressure
- Update the health risk assessment you completed
- Update your medical and family history
- Update your list of current medical providers and suppliers
- Update your written screening schedule
- Screen for cognitive issues
- Provide health advice and referrals to health education and/or preventive counseling services
Cerified EHR Framework
Use of a meaningful use 2014 Certified Electronic Health Record (EHR).
Auto identify eligible patients
Identify eligible AWV patients in a click
Email patient questionnaire
Ability to send questionnaire as email. So that the patients can complete it before the visit
Smart-EHR integrated clinical intake
Clinical intake is integrated with the existing EMR. So, no need to re-key data