One-time “Welcome to Medicare” preventive visit
The Welcome to Medicare preventive visit is a one-time appointment you can choose to receive within the first 12 months you are enrolled in Medicare. The aim of the visit is to establish a baseline for your medical care, promote general health, and help prevent diseases.
What you can do
Be prepared to discuss your past and current health.
- Take up to date medical records, including any immunization records.
- Take a list of your current prescription and over-the-counter medications in case your doctor does not have that list readily available.
- Take any relevant family medical history or current health/lifestyle factors that may impact your current care plan or future needs.
Preventive service at no cost
Your doctor will:
- Record and evaluate your medical and family history, current health conditions, and prescriptions.
- Check your blood pressure, vision, weight, and height to get a baseline for your care.
- Make sure you're up-to-date with preventive screenings and services, like cancer screenings and shots.
- Order further tests, depending on your general health and medical history.
After the visit, your doctor will give you a plan or checklist with free screenings and preventive services that you need.
Why screening is important
A personalized prevention plan is a way to improve your health. It helps you understand what preventive services you need and why.
What the screening is
Wellness visits are opportunities for you to have face-to-face time with your primary care physician to review your health history and make health plans for the future. It is not a physical exam. It does not include bloodwork, lab work, or more advance testing.
If services or tests are ordered as a result of these wellness visits, such as laboratory or radiology, these services will be subject to the regular copays or deductibles associated with your plan.