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Annual Wellness Visit

Take Charge of Your Health with Your Annual Wellness Visit

As a Medicare Advantage member, your
Annual Wellness Visit is an important part
to staying healthy.

It’s a great opportunity to talk with your doctor one-on-one and track your health changes from year to year.

Watch our Annual Wellness Visit video to learn more about the Annual Wellness Visit, including how to prepare and what to expect.

What is the Annual Wellness Visit?

  • Your Annual Wellness Visit is a yearly appointment you have with your Primary Care Provider (PCP) to talk about your general health and wellbeing. You do not need to undress for this appointment.
  • It’s covered by your plan, so there’s no cost to you.
  • The main purpose of the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit is prevention. It plays an important role in helping to lower your risk for common preventable health problems like heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes.
  • You leave your visit with a personalized prevention plan that lays out the tests and exams you need to stay on top of your care.

Annual Wellness Visit Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

During your wellness visit, your doctor will take the time to discuss your whole health, including your physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.

Your doctor will also:

  • Take your height, weight, and blood pressure
  • Review your medical history
  • Go over your current medications to see what’s working and what’s not
  • Review your Health To-Dos, like diabetes and high blood pressure screenings
  • Help coordinate care with your specialists or other doctors
  • Discuss your medical care wishes in case of an emergency
  • Create a Personalized Prevention Plan that gives next steps for your health
  • Make sure you complete your Health Risk Assessment

Early detection helps prevent problems later

  • During the visit, your doctor will learn about your current health and wellbeing, like if you have issues with balance, hearing, eyesight, or memory. This helps your doctor know what to keep an eye on going forward and recommend additional tests or exams if you need them.

Know your health risks to avoid health problems

  • Your wellness visit includes a Health Risk Assessment. This is a form with questions about your current health and lifestyle that you fill out and go over with your doctor. Your answers help your doctor find any risks and work with you to reduce them, potentially preventing future health issues.

Shared information helps your doctors, specialists, and health plan serve your needs

  • Your doctor will make sure your medical record is accurate and up to date. Together, you’ll review your current health conditions, medications, and other specialists you see. All the information from your wellness visit is recorded and available to all your doctors and specialists, so your care can be coordinated across all visits.
    • Your answers also enable your health plan to offer personalized assistance, resources, and guidance to enhance your overall wellbeing.

Call your doctor’s office to set up an appointment. Make sure to mention that you want the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit, not an Annual Physical or another yearly exam.

The Annual Wellness Visit is not the same as your Annual Physical Exam.

An Annual Physical usually includes a full physical exam, bloodwork, screenings, and other tests. It’s also when you should discuss any new or ongoing medical problems that may need treatment with your doctor.

On the other hand, your Annual Wellness Visit helps your doctor understand what is or isn’t working for you and how to best support your continued health and wellbeing.

The following chart outlines the main differences between an Annual Wellness Visit and Annual Physical:

 Annual Wellness VisitAnnual Physical
Medical HistoryX 
Review of Risk Factors
(Health Risk Assessment)
Personalized Prevention PlanX 
Medication ReviewX 
Physical Exam X
Bloodwork & Lab Tests X
Discuss New Health Issues X

Get the most out of your visit by making sure you’re prepared. When you go to your Annual Wellness Visit, you should bring:

  1. Your Member ID card 
    Note: If you're dually enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid, you should bring both Medicare and Medicaid Member ID cards with you to your appointment.
  2. A list of your medications, including over-the-counter medicines, like pain relievers, allergy medication, sleep aids, vitamins, or supplements
  3. A list of all the healthcare providers and specialists you see, like your eye doctor, physical therapist, cardiologist (heart doctor), or chiropractor
  4. You should also bring a list of questions for your doctor, like:
  • What tests do I need? Am I overdue for any tests?
  • How do I get the results of my tests and screenings?
  • Are there any changes I should make to my medications?
  • Does my family medical history put me at risk for certain conditions?
  • When should I schedule my next appointment with you?

*Some fully integrated dual plans use a single ID card for both Medicare and Medicaid.

Remember, the Annual Wellness Visit is about investing in your health and wellbeing. Your health matters. Taking the time for this appointment can lead to a healthier, happier you.