MEDICARE

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Medicare Preventive Visits

We want you to know about your Medicare benefits and how to get the most from them. Once you have become eligible for Medicare you are encouraged to take advantage of the preventive appointments they cover at no cost to you.

  • Welcome to Medicare Visit: This appointment is only available within your first twelve months as a Medicare beneficiary. During this visit, we will review your medical, social and family histories, medications and allergies and your potential need for health screening, immunizations, and referrals for additional care. The only examination required by Medicare is to measure your height, weight, blood pressure and body mass index (BMI). You will receive a written summary of the visit to take home with you.

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  • First Annual Preventive Visit: This appointment can be scheduled once you have been on Medicare for at least one year or more. A "Welcome to Medicare" visit is NOT required. This visit is very similar to the "Welcome to Medicare" visit. The only examination required by Medicare is to measure your height, weight, blood pressure and body mass index (BMI). You will receive a written summary of the visit to take home with you.

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  • Subsequent Annual Preventive Visit: This appointment can be scheduled yearly, but at least one full year after your last Annual Wellness visit.

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Please note, these visits require you to complete a packet and bring it with you to your appointment. If you fail to bring the completed packet with you to your visit, the appointment will have to be rescheduled.

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****These are NOT traditional "complete physical exams" and this appointment is NOT a time to address your chronic health conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, heart or lung disease, etc. This would also not be a time to discuss acute concerns or new illnesses. Any of these concerns would require an additional appointment be scheduled.

For more information regarding your Medicare Preventive Benefits, click here to download Your Guide to Medicare Preventive Services as published by the Department of Health and Human Services.