The Affordable Care Act of 2011 made several enhancements to Medicare. Seniors who have traditional or original Medicare preventive care and wellness visits at no cost. Also, when Medicare Part B becomes active the participant has 12 months to get a one-time Welcome to Medicare wellness visit. It includes a review of your medical history advice about preventive care, including screenings, injections, and referrals for other wellness exams, if needed. The aim of the visit is to provide education and to discuss with your doctor how to stay healthy and fit.
If you have Original Medicare, and your doctor accepts assignment, your Welcome to Medicare visit is no cost to you.
What will occur during my Welcome to Medicare exam?
- Your doctor will make notes on your medical history and family health history. Try to bring any medical records your doctor may not have, and try to make notes of any family history or conditions such as diabetes, cancer, or heart disease.
- Your doctor will take your weight, check your height, and record your blood pressure. If you are on blood pressure medication or other prescription drugs, you should bring a listing of the drugs you currently take.
- Your doctor will note your BMI or body mass index, and recommend diet and exercise changes.
- Lastly, your doctor with give you a basic vision exam. If you have corrective lenses you should bring them with you for the examination.
During this visit your doctor may recommend additional testing. For example, if you are at high risk for abdominal aortic aneurysms and you have a high family history of abdominal aortic aneurysms the doctor may give you a referral for an ultrasound screening . If you are age 65 to 75 and you have smoked at least 100 cigarettes in your lifetime, you may be considered at risk. There is no cost for this screening if the doctor recommends it during the Welcome to Medicare visit.
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