A great way to stay healthy is to take advantage of the preventive and wellness visits covered by Medicare. These visits, called Welcome to Medicare and Annual Wellness, are different than an annual physical exam. They have specific benefits and coverage defined by Medicare. Here’s what to expect:

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Welcome to Medicare

You are eligible for the "Welcome to Medicare" preventative visit within the first 12 months of enrolling in Medicare Part B. During this visit, your doctor will:

  • Review your health and medical history
  • Check your height, weight, and blood pressure
  • Calculate your body mass index (BMI)
  • Conduct a simple vision test
  • Review potential risk for depression and your level of safety
  • Discuss disease prevention, health, and wellness improvements

What to bring to your visit:

  • Medical and immunization records
  • Family health history
  • List of prescriptions and over-the-counter medications and supplements

You will receive a written, personalized plan of care outlining screenings, immunizations and other preventive services you may need. Additional health concerns may require a separate follow-up appointment—ask your provider’s office when you call to schedule your Welcome to Medicare visit.


Annual Wellness Visit (AWV)

You are eligible for a Medicare "Annual Wellness Visit (AWV)" visit every 12 months if you have been enrolled in Medicare Part B longer than 12 months. During your AWV, your doctor will:

  • Review your medical and family history
  • Develop or update a list of your providers and any prescriptions you’re taking
  • Check your height, weight, and blood pressure
  • Discuss disease prevention, health, and wellness improvements
  • Develop a screening schedule for preventive services and immunizations
  • Ask you to fill out a questionnaire called a “Health Risk Assessment”

What to bring to your AWV:

  • Medical and immunization records
  • Family health history
  • List of prescriptions and over-the-counter medications and supplements

Additional health concerns may require a separate follow-up appointment. Ask your provider’s office when you call to schedule your Annual Wellness Visit.

Annual Wellness Visits vs. Annual Physical

An annual, ‘head-to-toe’ physical, is more of an examination to check your vital signs, heart, lungs, head, neck, abdomen, reflexes, and skin. Your doctor may perform a series of lab tests to address physical conditions.

A wellness visit is what we consider a ‘hands-off’ visit that is focused on health history, risk factors, review of age-appropriate screenings, and education on disease management and self-care.

While the annual physicals are not covered by Medicare, both traditional annual physicals and wellness visits are covered by most Medicare Advantage plans.


Schedule Your Annual Wellness Visit

Our Patient Panel Management Team can directly schedule your annual wellness visit. Call 206-860-5510 (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.) For annual wellness visits only. Please contact your primary care provider’s office to schedule regular office visits.

Call 206-860-5510 to schedule your annual wellness visit. The Patient Panel Management Team will directly schedule your visit.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is the Patient Panel Management Team?

A team dedicated to helping you understand your Medicare Annual Wellness and preventive benefits when you are on a Medicare, Medicare Supplement, or Medicare Advantage plan at The Polyclinic.

When should I schedule my AWV?

  • For patients with Original Medicare Part B with or with a supplement plan: one full year (365 days) apart to ensure insurance coverage.
  • For patients with a Medicare Advantage (MA) plan: one visit per calendar year to ensure coverage (January-December) *Exceptions may apply for some plans.

Can you tell me when I had my last annual wellness visit?

We can review your past appointments and give information on your next eligibility if your visit was at The Polyclinic.

Can I talk with my doctor about other health issues during my AWV?

Annual Wellness Visits may allow time for you to discuss one to two problems/issues during this visit.

Learn more:

  • Read "Take advantage of Medicare Preventive Services --They're Free"