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Medicare Yearly Wellness Visit

If you have had your Part B longer than 12 months, you can get a yearly “Wellness” visit to develop or update a personalized plan to prevent disease or disability based on your current health and risk factors. This visit is covered once every 12 months.

Your provider will ask you to fill out a questionnaire called a “Health Risk Assessment” as part of this visit. Answering these questions can help you and your provider develop a personalized prevention plan to help you stay healthy and get the most out of your visit. When you make your appointment, let your doctor’s office know that you’d like to schedule your yearly “Wellness” visit.

Your first yearly “Wellness” visit cannot take place within 12 months of your enrollment in Part B or your “Welcome to Medicare Preventive” visit. However, you don’t need to have had a “Welcome to Medicare” preventive visit to qualify for a yearly “Wellness” visit.

You pay nothing for the yearly “Wellness” visit if the doctor or other qualified health care provider accepts assignment.

If your doctor or other qualified health care provider performs additional tests or services during the same visit that aren’t covered under this preventive benefit, you may have to pay a coinsurance, and the Part B deductible may apply.

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