Welcome to Medicare & Annual Wellness Visits
Medicare does not cover a routine annual physical exam.
•It is very important you use the “correct” language when you schedule your preventive care visit, or you may end up paying much more than you expected.
Welcome to Medicare preventive visit: Your Initial Preventive Physical Exam (IPPE)
•The Welcome to Medicare preventive visit puts you in control of your health and your Medicare from the start. It is covered during the first year you are enrolled in Medicare Part B.
•This comprehensive visit is the way for you and your doctor to get an accurate reference point for your health now and for the future.
•The Welcome to Medicare preventive visit allows you and your doctor to discuss short- and long-term steps to prevent disease, improve your health and stay well. It is also the time to make sure your health care wishes are carried out in the future.
•Schedule your visit with your doctor by requesting your Welcome to Medicare preventive visit or your Initial Preventive Physical Exam (IPPE). It should be free whether you are in a Medicare Health Plan or in original Medicare.
To make the most of your visit, you should bring along your:
•Medical records, including immunization records (if you are seeing a new doctor for the first time)
•Family health history
•A list of prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications that you currently take, how often you take them and why.
Yearly annual wellness visit
•Eligibility begins 12 months after your Part B effective date and not within the 12 months of your Initial Preventive Physical Exam (IPPE).
•The annual wellness visit collects your medical and family history, and develops or updates your personalized prevention plan.
•Your medical provider will take your height, weight, blood pressure and other routine measurements,
•Create a screening schedule for appropriate preventive services for you.
•Create a list of risk factors and treatment options based on your current health and risk factors.