You should schedule an introductory visit within the first 12 months of obtaining Medicare Part B to review your medical and social history related to your health, as well as education and counseling about preventive services, including the following:
This visit is covered one time and is not necessary to be covered for yearly wellness visits.
If you have had Medicare Part B for longer than 12 months, it is time for a visit to develop a personalized health plan to prevent disease and disability. You will meet one-on-one with the Medicare wellness nurse to review preventive testing you need. You and your provider will then review your plan of care at this visit.
All Medicare Part B participants are eligible.
You pay nothing for the “Welcome to Medicare” preventive visit or the yearly “Wellness” visit if your doctor or other qualified healthcare provider accepts the assignment. The Part B deductible doesn’t apply.
In order for Medicare to pay for the Wellness Visit with no cost to you, your provider cannot address new or existing health conditions during this visit. Your provider can schedule another visit to address these issues in a longer appointment.
Medicare Wellness Coordinators
Beth Goetsch, RN
Abby Vladika, RN, BSN
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