In general, we like to do a preventive visit, including a full physical exam, yearly. This allows us to address all concerns, conditions, medical risks and make a plan for your best health and well- being. Most Insurance companies will pay for such an evaluation without any deductible or expense incurred by you. For those covered as part of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obama Care, this is a requirement of the law. To be certain, you may wish to contact your insurance carrier in advance.
If you are quite healthy, take no medications, have no medical problems and are under 40 years of age, it may be reasonable to have a preventive exam every 2 years instead of yearly.
WELLNESS VISITS OR EXAMS
are particular kinds of visits for patients with Medicare, whether traditional Medicare or via an HMO plan. Medicare guidelines spell out the frequency of such visits (yearly) and what is to be included. A PHYSICAL EXAM IS NOT INCLUDED IN THESE REQUIREMENTS. What is required is an evaluation of your medications, medical conditions, risks for certain kinds of problems, and a plan to address these issues going forward. Many of you have received a written grid with a schedule of recommended care for things like immunizations, screening tests, and follow up visits.
FROM THE MEDICARE.GOV WEBSITE:
• Yearly "Wellness" visits: If you've had Part B for longer than 12 months, you can get this visit to develop or update a personalized prevention help plan to prevent disease and disability based on your current health and risk factors. Your provider will ask you to fill out a questionnaire, called a “Health Risk Assessment,” as part of this visit. Answering these questions can help you and your provider develop a personalized prevention plan to help you stay healthy and get the most out of your visit. It also includes:
• A review of your medical and family history
• Developing or updating a list of current providers and prescriptions
• Height, weight, blood pressure, and other routine measurements
• Detection of any cognitive impairment
• Personalized health advice
• A list of risk factors and treatment options for you
• A screening schedule (like a checklist) for appropriate preventive services.