A wellness visit is a yearly appointment to discuss your plan of preventive care in the coming year. Medicare, Medicaid and most insurances pay for a Wellness Visit with your physician — it’s a great way to stay on top of health issues.
Annual health-risk assessment outlining current providers, medications, and family history
Identify risk factors and update 5-10 years of screening schedule
Obtain any needed screenings for mental health, cognitive impairment, and functional abilities
Preventive care refers to a range of medical services aimed at preventing illnesses or detecting them at an early stage. This includes regular check-ups, screenings, and immunizations, as well as lifestyle counseling and education on healthy habits such as diet, exercise and avoiding risky behaviors. Preventive care can help people maintain good health and prevent the development of serious and costly health problems.
What to Expect
During a wellness visit, you and your doctor or health care provider will create a prevention plan based on your needs. As part of the visit, your provider will:
Give you a health-risk assessment
This 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 providers, durable medical equipment (DME) suppliers and medications
Medications include prescription medications, as well as vitamins and supplements that you may take.
Create a written 5-10 year screening schedule or check-list
This checklist depends on your individual health status, screening history, age, Medicare coverage, and the preventive services you are eligible for.
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
Cognitive impairment includes 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
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 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.
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During a wellness visit, you and your doctor or health care provider will create a prevention plan based on your individual needs. Wellness visits with a primary care provider will offer you better management of chronic diseases, lower overall health-care costs and a higher level of satisfaction with your care.
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