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Introducing Medicare Wellness Visit

Did you know that Medicare now covers two types of office visits - one when you are new to Medicare and one each year after that?

Here are some facts you should know so you can take charge of your health and wellness.

senior coupleYour Comprehensive "Welcome to Medicare" visit includes:

  • A review of your medical history
  • Preventive tests and screenings
  • A physical exam
  • Education, counseling and referrals based on the results of your physical exam
  • Review of risk factors for depression

Yearly "Wellness" Visit Coverage

Medicare also covers a yearly "wellness" visit. The yearly "wellness" visit is not an annual physical; it is a regular strategy session designed to help you and your doctor develop an ongoing health plan intended to keep you healthy, safe and independent for a long time. It will enable you and your doctor to develop or update a prevention plan, based on your current health and risk factors. You'll pay nothing for the visit as long as your doctor accepts Medicare assignment.

To make the most of your "Welcome to Medicare" or "Medicare Wellness Visit," you should bring the following items with you:

  • Medical records, including immunization records
  • Family health history - before you appointment, try to learn as much as you can about your family's health history. Any information you can give your doctor can help determine if you're at risk for certain diseases
  • A list of prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications that you currently take, how often you take them and why

UCLA is able to provide these office visits for you. For more information, call 1-800-UCLA-MD1 (1-800-825-2631) or 310-582-6285 (Department of Medicine).

For additional information, please visit http://medicare.gov or contact your employer.

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Los Angeles, CA 90095
(310) 206-8272

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(310) 319-4371

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