Questions & Answers About the Annual Wellness Visit
What is Preventive Care and Why Do I Need It?Preventive care is what we do to prevent or delay medical problems. Getting preventive care saves you the time, money, and worry that come with medical problems. And if you avoid medical problems, you’ll be more independent and have a better quality of life for a longer time.
Why Do I Need a Personalized Plan?
Preventive care is not the same for everyone. What’s best for you depends upon your medical history, your family’s medical history, and how you live.
For example, for most people a colonoscopy is recommended every 10 years. If someone in your family has had colon cancer, you’re at greater risk for colon cancer than most people. Having a colonoscopy more often than other people could save your life.
It’s the same with many other conditions. Considering your history and your current situation helps us create an individualized plan for you.
Do I Have to Pay for This Visit?There is no co-pay for the Annual Wellness Visit under Medicare Part B. Discuss Part C and other insurance coverage with an LLCH representative when you call.
I Already Go in for a Routine Physical Checkup Every Year. Is This the Same Thing?
No. During your Annual Wellness Visit you’ll make an overall plan for future visits. During your routine physical checkup (a separate visit), you can take some of the steps to carry out that plan.
The plan you make during your Annual Wellness Visit will help your routine checkups run more smoothly.
What Will Happen During the Visit?During your Annual Wellness Visit, we’ll gather more information about your unique health situation. We’ll discuss what medical problems you may need to watch out for, and how we can help prevent them.
What Should I Bring to My Visit?
- Any medical records you have, including immunization records.
- Any family health history you have, in as much detail as possible.
- A complete list of medications you take, including vitamins, supplements, and herbs. For each medication, write down how often and how much of each you take.
- A list of healthcare providers and suppliers currently involved in your care.
Your Wellness Plan
Your Personal Prevention Plan is a health and wellness strategy for your long term health.