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Annual Wellness Physical

The difference between a physical exam and a Medicare Wellness Visit is basically the difference between your doctor focusing on what’s wrong versus on what’s right. Each is important, depending on the situation.

  • When you’re sick or in pain, you want to get better. A physical exam helps your doctor figure out what the problem is and what needs to be done.
  • When you’re healthy and feeling good, you want to stay that way. A wellness exam helps your doctor understand what’s working for you and how to best support your continued health and well-being.

The Annual Wellness Visit is a yearly appointment with your primary care provider to create or update a personalized prevention plan. This plan may help prevent illness based on your current health and risk factors.

The Medicare-approved wellness physical includes:
  • A health risk assessment, including a review of your family medical history
  • Reviewing your current medications and medical providers
  • Routine measurements for height, weight, blood pressure, etc.
  • Assessing signs of memory loss or dementia
  • A personalized consultation with your physician

Health screenings and preventive care services based on your medical needs and risk factors. Wellness physicals are covered once a year under Medicare Part B. You should not have to pay for the physical itself, but if any additional tests are taken Medicare may not cover them. Our physicians and staff will be happy to help you better understand your eligible benefits.