Annual Wellness Visits (AWV) are among the most underutilized and valuable services offered by Medicare. Many are unaware of the benefits an AWV provides and should consider taking advantage of the opportunity to speak to their healthcare provider about their mental and physical health while receiving prevention tools and early screenings. By consulting with your medical team, you can ensure you’re receiving the care you deserve while creating a plan to guide your future. Here’s why you should schedule an AWV.
Annual Wellness Visits are comprehensive and covered by Medicare, while yearly physicals are not.
Annual Wellness Visits are not a substitution for a physical, rather they supplement a person’s primary care provider by offering enhanced access to help ensure one’s healthcare needs are met. During an AWV, your healthcare provider will assess your abilities and wellness, such as your risk factors, medications, recent tests, and if you have any chronic conditions. One AWV is covered each year, ensuring that your healthcare continually evolves, changing to fit your preferences and needs.
During an AWV, different tests are conducted which examine and evaluate your abilities.
Having a professional opinion is valuable when making decisions about living situations and major life changes. Without routine health assessments, it can be difficult to gauge cognitive ability; because of that, Medicare includes cognitive impairment tests in every AWV. Through this test, memory loss can be detected. By gaining an accurate perspective of every aspect of your health, healthcare providers can suggest solutions and advocate for you. Creating a plan for the future ensures that you receive the style and type of care that you prefer.
Health Risk Assessments are also done as part of an AWV. These detail areas in which you would like extra support and can be a tool used for goal setting, such as breaking a habit or losing weight. Prevention is an important part of wellness, so an AWV is a perfect time to discuss ways to incorporate healthy alternatives into your life.
During an AWV, your healthcare provider can discuss your health in detail, giving you the opportunity to bring up any concerns, questions about the past, or medical possibilities for the future.
Health is not dependent on one factor, but the combination of all aspects of your life. Your family dynamics, living situation, and diet can all greatly impact you. Annual Wellness Visits can help you improve the present but also plan for the future; discussing end of life options and advanced care with a professional can bring peace of mind and preparedness.
AWVs include a medical history, during which the provider can comprehensively evaluate and suggest beneficial options. Engaging in open, clear communication with medical staff is extremely important. Your AWV is an opportunity to share your concerns and gain feedback from the professionals dedicated to your wellness.
By participating in your Annual Wellness Visit, you have the opportunity to receive individualized care. Healthcare providers exist to offer solutions and provide support on your wellness journey; an AWV appointment is another step toward taking charge of your health.
Ready to get started? Here’s what you can expect during your Annual Wellness Visit.
Our Medicare Wellness Program aims to support Medicare patients who have a regular primary care provider at the following Corvallis Clinic locations: the Asbury Building-Corvallis, Philomath, North Albany, and Waverly Drive-Albany.
Naomi Shantz is a Family Nurse Practitioner for the Medicare Wellness Program at The Corvallis Clinic. She specializes in risk assessments, disease-prevention counseling, and information on available resources for Medicare patients and primary-care providers at The Corvallis Clinic at Waverly Drive in Albany. To schedule an appointment with her, please call 541-754-1288.
“When my patients see me, I hope their questions are getting answered, and their life improves as a result.”
Elisabeth Mahmud is an Adult-Geriatric Nurse Practitioner for the Medicare Wellness Program at The Corvallis Clinic. She specializes in risk assessments, disease-prevention counseling, and information on available resources for Medicare patients and primary-care providers at The Corvallis Clinic locations in Corvallis, Philomath, and in North Albany. To schedule an appointment with her, please call 541-754-1150.
“I want patients to understand their health and be put on a healing path.”