If you’re a Medicare recipient, it’s important that you participate in a Medicare annual wellness visit once every year. Medicare annual wellness visits present an opportunity to meet with your primary care provider, check in on your overall health, and develop a personalized prevention plan. If it’s time to schedule your Medicare annual wellness visit, contact John Leal, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, and Tori Leal, BSN, at Encino Park Family Health & Wellness Clinic in San Antonio, Texas. Call the office or click the online booking tool to begin.
A Medicare annual wellness visit is a preventive medical exam that enables you and your primary care provider to develop a personal wellness plan based on your current health and risk factors.
To be clear: an annual wellness visit is separate from your one-time Welcome to Medicare preventive visit. In addition, you cannot receive your Medicare annual wellness visit in the same year that you undergo your Welcome to Medicare preventive visit.
Medicare annual wellness visits are important because they present an opportunity for you to check in on your general health and well-being.
A Medicare annual wellness visit also enables you to build a relationship with your primary care provider and learn more about the steps you can take to improve your health and quality of life.
During your Medicare annual wellness visit, your Encino Park Family Health & Wellness Clinic provider reviews your medical history, does a physical exam, and asks you questions about your overall health, energy levels, sleep habits, and diet.
Your provider also checks your weight, height, and blood pressure, gives you a health risk assessment, and screens for depression. Your doctor also orders a comprehensive blood panel to detect problems like high cholesterol and vitamin deficiencies.
Finally, your provider does an electrocardiogram (EKG). An EKG is a noninvasive test used to determine your risk of heart disease.
Each step of your Medicare annual wellness visit follows a set of guidelines developed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Ultimately, the goal of your visit is to detect potential health problems early on, before they become more serious and interfere with your quality of life.
If you qualify for Original Medicare and schedule your Medicare annual wellness visit with a participating provider, Medicare covers the entire cost of your preventive exam. This means you don’t have to pay a deductible or coinsurance.
However, if your provider discovers a new or existing health problem during your appointment, they might need to perform what’s known as diagnostic care. If you receive diagnostic care during your annual wellness visit, Medicare could bill you for these services.
If it's time to schedule your Medicare annual wellness visit, make an appointment at Encino Park Family Health & Wellness Clinic. Call the office or click the online booking tool today.