Under Medicare guidelines, the Annual Wellness Visit is a yearly appointment with your primary care
provider, where together you develop or update your Personalized Prevention Plan, and your provider
performs a Health Risk Assessment (HRA). Medicare covers this visit, once every 12 months.
Routine physical exams are unrelated to treatment or diagnosis for a specific illness, symptom, complaint
or injury. These exams are not covered by Medicare, so patients will pay 100% out-of-pocket.
What to expect at your first Annual Wellness Visit
Your provider will do a Health Risk Assessment, which will cover the following:
Using your information from the above areas, the provider will create a screening schedule for preventative
services and other relevant medical services. The provider will also give you personalized advice
and referrals (if needed) to health education or preventivitve counseling services or programs.
Subsequent Annual Wellness Visits
Each year’s annual wellness visit will include a review and update of your Health Risk Assessment.