Take advantage of the preventive and wellness visits covered by Medicare – they’re free. These visits, called Welcome to Medicare and Annual Wellness, are different than an annual physical exam and have specific benefits and coverage defined by Medicare. Here’s what to expect:


Welcome to Medicare

You are eligible for the Welcome to Medicare preventive visit within the first 12 months of enrolling in Medicare Part B. During this visit, your provider 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 result in additional charges or require a separate follow-up appointment.

To schedule your Welcome to Medicare visit, or learn more about what’s discussed, call 206.860.5510.


Annual Wellness Visit (AWV)

You are eligible for a Medicare Annual Wellness Visit (AWV) visit if you have been enrolled in Medicare Part B longer than 12 months.

During your AWV, your doctor will:

  • Review your health 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
  • Review advanced care planning
  • 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 result in additional charges or require a separate follow-up appointment.

Now available: Schedule a Video Visit for Your Annual Wellness Visit

Annual Wellness Visits vs. Annual Physical

Annual Wellness Visit (AWV)

Medicare and Medicare Advantage Plans

An Annual Wellness Visit is a review of your health and health risks and includes education and counseling about preventive services that might be beneficial to you. Your medical and social history may be reviewed as well. A problem-focused visit may be done at the same time for your convenience if you and your provider choose, but may result in additional charges.

• This is not a “head-to-toe” exam, but a visit focused on lowering your risk of illness or injury
• Medicare does not cover a traditional physical

Preventive Physical Exam

*Medicare Advantage Plans

A Preventive Physical Exam is a comprehensive visit often referred to as a traditional physical exam.

*This visit is not covered by Medicare, but may be covered by some Medicare Advantage plans. A problem-focused visit may be done at the same time for your convenience if you and your provider choose, but may result in additional charges.

• Check with your insurance plan to see if your plan includes coverage of a Physical Exam
• Some visit types can be combined, but may result in additional charges

Schedule Your Annual Wellness Visit

Our Polyclinic Population Health Team can directly schedule your annual wellness visit. We are also now offering a video visit option for annual wellness visits.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is The Polyclinic Population Health 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: one visit every 365 days to ensure coverage.
  • For patients with a Medicare Advantage (MA) plan: one visit per calendar year (January-December) to ensure coverage *Exceptions may apply for some plans.

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

The Polyclinic Population Health Team can review your past appointments and give information on your next eligibility if your visit was at The Polyclinic. Call 206-860-5510.

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

An Annual Wellness visit is focused on health history, risk factors, screenings and education on disease management. A problem-focused visit may be done at the same time for your convenience but may result in additional charges.

What is a preventive visit?

  • The purpose is prevention and wellness.
  • These regular visits help you partner with your provider to keep you healthy and detect
    certain diseases early.
  • You may receive tests that support prevention/early detection of diseases and/or conditions.

What is a problem-focused visit?

  • The purpose is to discuss and/or receive treatment for a new problem or chronic
    established problem.
  • The purpose is to discuss and/or receive treatment for a new problem or chronic
    established problem.
  • These visits are subject to any co-payment and/or insurance deductibles.

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