| Tue, Jun 21, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

New to Medicare? Schedule Your Welcome to Medicare Visit.

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

welcome to medicare visitIf you’re new to Medicare, you may be wondering what the Welcome to Medicare preventive visit is all about.

The Welcome to Medicare visit is not the same as a routine physical exam or annual Medicare Wellness visit. The Welcome to Medicare visit is an introduction to Medicare and focuses on disease prevention and detection to help beneficiaries live a healthier life. The Welcome to Medicare visit is a one-time-only visit covered by Medicare Part B. That means you don’t have to pay a copay or coinsurance — there is no additional cost to you. You have twelve months from the date of your initial enrollment into Medicare Part B to complete the visit.

During your Welcome to Medicare Preventive Visit, you and your doctor will discuss disease education and prevention. Your doctor will also review your medical and health history, such as:

  • Past medical/surgical history, such as illness, hospital stays, operations, allergies, and injuries
  • Current medications and supplements, including over-the-counter vitamins
  • Depression and safety screening
  • Family health history
  • History of alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drug use
  • Diet
  • Physical activities

The visit will also include:

  • Measurements for:
    • Height
    • Weight
    • Blood pressure
    • Body mass index
  • A simple vision test
  • A written plan for screenings, shots and other preventive services you may need
  • In some cases, a discussion about creating an advance directive

If diagnostic tests or other services are performed that are not covered by the Welcome to Medicare visit, you may be responsible for copays and coinsurance.

Prepare for Your Visit

Gather and take the following items with you to your visit: Medical records, including immunization records; a detailed family health history; and a full list of medications and supplements, including calcium and vitamins, and how often and how much of each is taken.

For more information, explore MedicareMadeClear.com or contact the Medicare helpline 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227), TTY 1-877-486-2048.

Resources:

How to Prepare for Your Medicare Wellness Visit: MedicareMadeClear.com

Preventive Visit & Yearly Wellness Exams: Medicare.gov

Preventive Services: What’s Covered Under Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage Plans?: MedicareMadeClear.com

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