Medicare has announced that, beginning January 1, 2011, all beneficiaries must be screened for cognitive impairment as part of their annual wellness visit, another component that will now be mandatory for Medicare beneficiaries.
You pay nothing out of pocket for this visit. However, you may incur a copay or deductible expense if additional testing is required.
After you have had Medicare Part B for more than 12 months. If you’ve had a “Welcome to Medicare Visit”within the last 12 months, you must wait 12 months to schedule your Annual Wellness Visit.
It will depend on the severity of the illness and your doctor’s schedule but may be possible. However, you will be charged for a sick visit at that time.
You may have an Annual Wellness Visit once every 12 months.
Your first Annual Wellness Visit will include:
Subsequent Annual Wellness Visits will include:
No. An annual physical is a much more extensive physical examination. In addition to collecting a medical history, it may also include: Vital signs check, lung exam, head and neck exam, abdominal exam, neurological exam, dermatological exam, and extremities exam. The Annual Wellness Visit should not replace your annual physical.
You will see your primary care provider which could be a physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant. However, most of your time may be spent with an allied health profession, such as a nurse or medical assistant who will gather most of your medical history so that your physician can determine an appropriate preventive health screening plan.
Medicare covers a one-time “Welcome to Medicare Visit” within the first 12 months you have Medicare Part B. If you did not receive your Welcome to Medicare Visit and have been with Medicare for more than 12 months, you are eligible for your Annual Wellness Visit.
Beginning January 2011, you pay nothing out of pocket for this visit.