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Ask for a Medicare Wellness Visit

Oct 15, 2021, 08:00 AM
Medicare wellness visit

As the world and our community transition to establishing a new normal from impacts of COVID-19, Skagit Regional Health is here to help patients recognize the importance of primary care and preventive care.

For a variety of reasons, patients have often delayed routine care over the past 18 months. With the safety of our patients and community in mind, it is essential to re-establish care with a provider.

For those age 65 and older, one of the best ways for the care team to review a patient’s overall current health status is through what Medicare calls an Annual Wellness Visit. An Annual Wellness Visit allows the care team to ensure a patient’s care plans are appropriate and any health risks are identified. Annual Wellness Visits are covered by most insurance companies and usually have no costs or copayments.

Annual Wellness Visits are covered by Medicare, but do not necessarily include all laboratory testing. The structure of the visit revolves around reviewing medical history, chronic medical conditions (such as high blood pressure, diabetes, etc.), medication review and preventive health care needs (e.g., colon cancer screening, breast cancer screening).

Providers also take the opportunity to discuss advanced care planning, such as living wills and what a patient’s desires are for end-of-life planning. These are all critical aspects of a person’s health, but depart from what patients are used to earlier in life with the good old-fashioned “physical” at the doctor’s office.

So, when you are thinking of calling your doctor’s office for a “physical,” and you are a Medicare-covered patient, ask instead for a Medicare Annual Wellness Visit. Skagit Regional Health’s care teams will be happy to review availability for an Annual Wellness Visit and discuss any copayments with you.

At the visit, a patient’s provider will offer a comprehensive review of the your overall health and have a conversation on planning for any health needs in the future. Be mindful of increased costs for any labs drawn, as these will likely go against the deductible with your particular Medicare insurance plan.

Contact your Primary Care provider to request an Annual Wellness Visit.

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Ask for a Medicare Wellness Visit

Oct 15, 2021, 08:00 AM
Medicare wellness visit

As the world and our community transition to establishing a new normal from impacts of COVID-19, Skagit Regional Health is here to help patients recognize the importance of primary care and preventive care.

For a variety of reasons, patients have often delayed routine care over the past 18 months. With the safety of our patients and community in mind, it is essential to re-establish care with a provider.

For those age 65 and older, one of the best ways for the care team to review a patient’s overall current health status is through what Medicare calls an Annual Wellness Visit. An Annual Wellness Visit allows the care team to ensure a patient’s care plans are appropriate and any health risks are identified. Annual Wellness Visits are covered by most insurance companies and usually have no costs or copayments.

Annual Wellness Visits are covered by Medicare, but do not necessarily include all laboratory testing. The structure of the visit revolves around reviewing medical history, chronic medical conditions (such as high blood pressure, diabetes, etc.), medication review and preventive health care needs (e.g., colon cancer screening, breast cancer screening).

Providers also take the opportunity to discuss advanced care planning, such as living wills and what a patient’s desires are for end-of-life planning. These are all critical aspects of a person’s health, but depart from what patients are used to earlier in life with the good old-fashioned “physical” at the doctor’s office.

So, when you are thinking of calling your doctor’s office for a “physical,” and you are a Medicare-covered patient, ask instead for a Medicare Annual Wellness Visit. Skagit Regional Health’s care teams will be happy to review availability for an Annual Wellness Visit and discuss any copayments with you.

At the visit, a patient’s provider will offer a comprehensive review of the your overall health and have a conversation on planning for any health needs in the future. Be mindful of increased costs for any labs drawn, as these will likely go against the deductible with your particular Medicare insurance plan.

Contact your Primary Care provider to request an Annual Wellness Visit.