MEDICARE WELLNESS VISITS
Your Annual Check-up Is Totally Free
Attention Medicare patients! Did you know that Medicare offers free preventive exams by your primary care physician? You do not have to pay any deductible or co-pay. There are two types of wellness visits – the Welcome to Medicare Visit and your Annual Wellness Visit.These wellness visits are an excellent opportunity to discuss your overall health and well-being with your Colonial Healthcare physician.
What to Expect During Your Visit
During your visit, you will meet with a Colonial family medicine doctor, who will update your current health status including any changes in your prescriptions and personal or family medical history. Your doctor will let you know which screenings, shots, and other preventive services you need and when you need them. If your doctor performs additional tests or services during the Welcome to Medicare Visit or the Annual Wellness Visit that aren’t covered under the preventive benefits, you may have a co-payment, and the Medicare Part B deductible may apply.
Welcome to Medicare Visit
The Welcome to Medicare Visit is available to you within the first 12 months of your enrollment in Medicare Part B. This visit is a one-time-only exam, so be sure to take advantage of it before your qualification period expires. During the exam, your Colonial Healthcare physician will update your current conditions, prescriptions, medical history, and family history. Your doctor will let you know which screenings, shots, and other preventive services you need and when you need them.
Annual Wellness Visit
If you have been enrolled in Medicare Part B for over 12 months, you qualify for the Annual Wellness Visit (even if you did not receive the Welcome to Medicare Visit). The Annual Wellness Visit is a preventive services screening to help you plan for a healthy future. During your visit, your primary care doctor will evaluate different factors that contribute to healthy living. You will be screened for depression, fall risk, home safety, and cognitive impairment. This visit is covered once every 12 months (11 full months must have passed since the last visit).