Medicare Annual Wellness Visits (AWV) are a type of preventive care service that Medicare offers to its beneficiaries. The AWV is designed to help Medicare beneficiaries stay healthy by promoting early detection and prevention of health issues.
During an AWV, a healthcare provider will review the beneficiary's medical history, conduct a health risk assessment, and create a personalized prevention plan. The healthcare provider will also perform a physical exam, including measurements of height, weight, blood pressure, and other vital signs.
The AWV is a free benefit for Medicare beneficiaries, but it does not include a physical exam or diagnostic tests. If a healthcare provider finds an issue during the AWV that requires further evaluation, they may recommend additional testing or services, which may be covered by Medicare.
It's important to note that the AWV is different from a routine annual physical exam, which is not covered by Medicare. However, Medicare does cover many other preventive services, such as flu shots, cancer screenings, and cardiovascular disease scree