What is a Medicare Annual Wellness Visit?
The Medicare Annual Wellness Visit (AWV) is an annual prevention-focused visit between a patient and a primary care physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant. The visit is offered at no charge to the patient.
These visits allow you to discuss with your provider information about your health status, set shared goals, and identify any gaps in care. You can also use the AWV to discuss your emotional and mental health, daily functioning, and any health challenges that may be impacting your health.
What does an AWV look like?
Every AWV starts with a Health Risk Assessment. During or prior to the visit, patients complete this questionnaire to evaluate their health risks, current conditions, and quality of life.
Using information collected from the Health Risk Assessment and from discussions with your provider, your provider will be able to identify any health risks, develop a plan to address gaps in care, and provide lifestyle education to address any areas of concern.
Every 12 months after the initial visit with your physician, you will have an Annual Wellness Visit to update and revise your information and continue to receive education and information on helpful resources.