What You Need to Know About Your Annual Wellness Visit

Posted on Jul 12th 2018 by Florida Blue

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What You Need to Know About Your Annual Wellness Visit

What is it?

Your Annual Wellness Visit should be the first visit you have with your doctor each year.

This visit gives you a great opportunity to discuss your overall health with your doctor and set health goals for the coming year. The Annual Wellness Visit is not a routine physical or a "sick" visit. It's a special kind of office visit, included at no additional cost to you when you see a doctor in your network. At this special visit you and your primary care doctor will talk about any health concerns you have and make a plan to keep you healthy in the coming year.

Also, keep in mind if it is your first year in Medicare, schedule your appointment for your Welcome to Medicare visit, which is also covered at no cost to you. This visit will help your doctor get a snapshot of your health and will help you in the years to come.

Why You Need It

Think of your Annual Wellness Visit as a one-on-one conversation between you and your doctor about your health. Unlike visits when you are sick, this is the time for your doctor to focus on you and your health as a whole. Your doctor will want to make sure you get any tests or screenings you need. These preventive services can help your doctor catch health problems earlier when they are easier to treat.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, less than half of adults over age 65 get all the preventive services they need. Preventive care is important, especially for older adults, because it can not only help doctors treat you, but also could help prevent some health conditions from developing.

How Much Does it Cost?

Your Annual Wellness Visit is provided at no cost to you as part of your Florida Blue Medicare health plan. However, if your doctor performs other services, or orders lab tests for you, you may have to pay a copay for these services.

What Should You Expect? (How long does it take, is there any prep, when will get results, what happens next)

During your Annual Wellness Visit, your doctor will check your height, weight and blood pressure. You may also have a simple eye test. You’ll also have a chance to talk about your medications, eating habits, exercise and general well-being. You and your doctor will work together to create a plan for helping you feel your best. This plan will include any other preventive services that may be important for you.

How Do I Make an Appointment?

If you haven’t had your Annual Wellness Visit yet this year, now is a great time. Call your doctor today to set up your visit. We are here to help, too. Here’s what we can do for you:

  • We can help you find a primary care doctor if you don’t have one. If you are a BlueMedicare HMO member, you must have a primary care doctor to coordinate your care. You don’t have to have one if you are in PPO plan. But having a primary care doctor can help you coordinate your care and look at the total picture of your health. It’s especially important if you see multiple specialists. Your primary care doctor will be the one person who has an eye on everything to do with your health.
  • We can also help you schedule any appointments you need during a 3-way call.
  • If you have trouble leaving the house, we can send care to you. Florida Blue works with vendors who provide in-home assessments at no cost to you.
  • We can also tell you about our HealthyBlue Days events where you can get screenings you need and learn more about our HealthyBlue Rewards & Loyalty program, if you are eligible.

If You Are a Caregiver

If you have a caregiver who helps you with your health, make sure to share this information with them.

If you are a caregiver for one of our Medicare members, give us a call. Let us help you help the person you care for.

We're always focused on you. We hope these tools help empower you as you continue to provide care to a loved one.

Need to talk to us?

Give us a call. Please call Member Services at 1-800-926-6565. TTY users, please call 1-800-955-8770. We are open from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. local time, seven days a week from October 1 - March 31, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. From April 1 - September 30, we are open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. local time.

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/aging/pdf/cps-clinical-preventive-services.pdf

https://www.cdc.gov/aging/services/index.htm

 

 


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