What You Can Expect During Your Annual Wellness Visit

As we age, our immune systems weaken. We are more susceptible to illness, recovery takes longer and prevention is more important. To stay on top of your health and reduce the risk of chronic illnesses, it is important to build a relationship with your primary care provider and schedule a free Annual Wellness Visit. You read that right, there is no cost. The Medicare Annual Wellness Visit or Welcome to Medicare visit is covered at no additional cost for all Medicare members. You may be surprised by this, so read on to learn how to prepare for your visit and what to expect when you arrive.

Welcome to Medicare Go

If you’re new to Medicare, or if you haven’t had Medicare more than a year, you may be covered for a Welcome To Medicare Visit. This visit is designed to help you start your Medicare journey off right. Your physician will ask you about your medical history and discuss preventative care to help you continue living a healthy and happy life.

Annual Wellness Go

If you have had Medicare for more than one year, you may be covered to get an annual wellness visit. This visit is designed to allow you to discuss your health and wellness goals with your doctor and to create or update your personalized prevention plan. You don’t have to climb Mount Everest as your goal. You could aim for something as simple as being able to climb stairs without feeling out of breath, or playing with your grandchildren.

Preparation Guides

Once you have scheduled an appointment, make sure to put it on your calendar. Also pay attention to any other items that may be relevant. This information should be updated and available for your doctor to use during your appointment.

  • Ensure your Main Care Supplier is up-to-date. You may affirm or replace your Main Care Supplier on Blue Join (https://www.bluecrossnc.com/members).
  • Create a list. This is the time for you to talk to your doctor about what matters most to YOU. Create a list to guide your conversation so you don’t leave thinking “Oh, I wanted that” or “I should have discussed that.”
  • Understand your family’s medical history. You will be asked by your doctor to complete a questionnaire called the Health Threat Assessment. Some of the questions ask about your family’s medical history, as this can help determine potential health risks for you.
  • Know your drugs. Keep a complete record of all the medications you take. This record should include all prescription and over-the-counter medications, as well as nutritional vitamins and dietary supplements.

What NOT you can rely on

A head-to toe physical is not the same as an annual wellness visit. The Annual Wellness Visit is still necessary, even though you won’t be poked or prodded. It’s a great opportunity to check in with your doctor and make sure your concerns are addressed. This is a great place to establish goals and monitor your progress.

Set a reminder if you’re new to Medicare, or if your 2020 Annual Wellness Visit is still to be scheduled. If you want help finding a physician who’s part of the network, use our Find a Physician tool.