What to expect at an annual wellness visit
Those 65 and older with Medicare Part B have the option to instead utilize an annual wellness visit that serves as a health consultation. Your provider doesn't take your vitals or perform screening exams. Instead, you have an in-depth discussion about your health goals and develop a plan to follow.
Dr. Sieckmann describes the annual wellness visit as an opportunity to be proactive and forward thinking about your health. For seniors, he says “it's a time for you to have a heart-to-heart discussion with your provider about ways to age gracefully in the healthiest way possible.”
Dr. Sieckmann says he makes sure he reviews issues important to seniors during their Medicare-covered annual wellness visits. He addresses issues such as balance and preventing falls, diet and nutrition, memory, vaccinations and end-of-life planning, among other topics.
Make these exams part of your healthcare routine
Many illnesses can be prevented with healthy lifestyle changes or can have great outcomes if they are detected early. Make your health a priority by calling your doctor today to schedule your annual exam. Benefits vary by insurance plan, so confirm your coverage benefits with your insurance provider.