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:
Yes. The Welcome to Medicare is a one-time visit that is only covered by Medicare within the first year of enrollment. Welcome to Medicare is a one-time preventative visit. Annual Medicare Wellness Visits are covered whether you have a Welcome to Medicare visit or not.
Medicare Wellness Visits are a free annual visit that allows your primary care provider and care team to discuss changes in your health and make plans for your care over the following year. 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 your health and consider what preventive testing you may need. Your primary care provider will then review your plan of care at this visit.
This visit is covered once every 12 months and 1 day
All Medicare Part B participants are eligible.
You pay nothing for the “Welcome to Medicare” preventive visit or the annual “Wellness” visit if your doctor or other qualified healthcare provider accepts the assignment. The Part B deductible does not 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
Cindy Tripp, RN
Christina McDorman, APRN
Carol Gale, PA-C