The Medicare Annual Wellness Visit and You

Heart of America Medical Center, Rugby ND- The Medicare Annual Wellness Visit is an annual appointment with your primary care provider (PCP) to create or update a personalized prevention plan. This plan is designed to help prevent illness based on your current health and risk factors. The annual wellness visit is not intended to be a head-to-toe physical but in many cases is similar.
“Our goal with this visit is not to just treat you when you are sick but to help keep you well and help identify any future risk factors.” Says Dr. Ashley Kremer, HAMC Physician.
Those enrolled in Medicare Part B are covered for the annual wellness visit if:
  • You have Medicare Part B for more than 12 months
  • And, you have not received an annual wellness visit in the last 12 months
You cannot receive an annual wellness visit within the same year as your Welcome to Medicare preventative visit.
During your first annual wellness visit, your PCP will develop your personalized prevention plan to:
  • Check your height, weight, blood pressure, and other routine measurements
  • Give you a health risk assessment which could include a questionnaire that asks about your health status, injury risks, behavioral risks and urgent health needs.
  • Review your functional ability and level of safety which includes risks for falling and hearing impairments
  • Make a list of current providers and also a list of medications as well as vitamins or supplements
  • Screen for cognitive impairment, including diseases such as Alzheimers’s and other forms of dementia
  • Screen for depression
“A wellness visit is a great way to make sure you are up to date on all of the things you need.   This helps so that time spent with your provider is more meaningful and we can provide more well-rounded care to keep you feeling well.” Adds Dr. Kremer.
If you qualify, Medicare covers the Annual Wellness Visit at 100% of the Medicare approved amount when you receive services from participating providers.
Contact any of the Heart of America Johnson Clinics in Rugby, Maddock, Dunseith or Towner to schedule your Medicare Annual Wellness Visit.