What does an Annual Wellness Visit Include?
During your annual wellness visit, your primary care physician will take several routine measurements and give you a health risk assessment. These measurements include checking your height, weight, and blood pressure, as well as a questionnaire about your health status, risk of injury, and other urgent health needs.
Your primary care physician will also perform some tests to determine your functional ability and level of safety. This can include screening for hearing impairments, your risk of falling, and ensuring that you are able to perform daily living activities such as dressing and bathing. This will give the doctor an idea of your overall level of safety at home.
He or she will also conduct additional screenings that will measure cognitive impairment and risk of conditions like Alzheimer’s, chronic depression, chronic anxiety, and other types of dementia. Although Medicare does not explicitly require that doctors test to do this, they are required to use their observations and reports from others to make a determination.
Your doctor will also inquire about your medical history, including family history. They will then make a list of your current providers, medications, and durable medical equipment suppliers to ensure their records are accurate. This will also give them insight into what medicines you currently take in addition to vitamins and supplements.
Based on all the information that was gathered from the steps above, your doctor will then create a written 5-10 year checklist that will include a screening schedule. This will be based on your current health status, medical history, professional medical exams, and Medicare-covered preventative services. He or she will also make referrals to health educators and other service providers to reduce the risk factors identified and promote wellness.