Newly-eligible Medicare beneficiaries are entitled to an initial wellness visit. At this time, we will:
- Give you a health-risk assessment, which may include a questionnaire that you complete (with or without the help of your doctor) before or during the visit that looks at your health status, injury risks, risky behaviors and urgent health needs.
- Take your medical and family history.
- Make a list of your current health care providers, suppliers of durable medical equipment and medications. Medications include prescription medications, as well as vitamins and supplements that you may take.
- Create a written 5-10 year screening schedule. This scheulde depends on your individual health status, screening history and the age-appropriate, Medicare-covered, preventive services for which you are eligible.
- Identify risk factors and current medical and mental health conditions along with related current or recommended treatments.
- Check your height, weight, blood pressure and body mass index.
- Screen for cognitive impairment, including diseases such as Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. Medicare does not require that physicians use a test to screen patients. Doctors are asked to rely on their observation of the patient or on reports by the patient and others.
- Review risk factors for depression.
- Review your functional ability and level of safety, including screening for hearing impairments and your risk of falling.
- Assess your ability to perform activities of daily living such as bathing and dressing, and also your level of safety in your home.
- Give health advice and referrals to health education or preventive counseling services or programs aimed at reducing identified risk factors and promoting wellness. These include weight loss, physical activity, smoking cessation, fall prevention and nutrition.
Annual Wellness Visits after your first visit may be slightly different. As part of subsequent wellness visits, your doctor will:
- Update the health-risk assessment you completed.
- Update your medical and family history.
- Check your height, weight, blood pressure, heart rate and body mass index.
- Update your list of current medical providers and suppliers.
- Screen for cognitive issues.
- Update your written screening schedule from previous wellness visits.
- Update your list of risk factors and conditions and the care you are receiving or that is recommended.