Wellness visits are a way of making sure you stay as healthy as possible and take an active part in looking after your well-being. At Complete Health Medical P.C. in East Setauket, New York, Dimos Kanakoudas, MD, and the experienced team members provide free annual wellness visits to patients who are eligible under Medicare. Call Complete Health Medical P.C. today to find out more, or book an appointment online.
Wellness visits are routine health reviews that you can have every year to help monitor your well-being and prevent future health problems. They’re separate from the physical exams you might choose to have every year, or need to have for other purposes like insurance or a new job.
Your provider at Complete Health Medical P.C. carries out your annual wellness visit, and providing you’re eligible, Medicare covers the cost.
When you first become eligible for annual wellness visits, you need to attend what’s called an initial preventive physical examination (IPPE). Once you’ve completed an IPPE, your wellness visits in the following years are a chance to review the personalized preventive health plan you discussed with your provider and adjust it as necessary.
The IPPE process begins with filling out some forms. You need to complete a health risk assessment (HRA) with your provider at Complete Health Medical P.C., reviewing your current health and any requirements you have for assistance with everyday activities such as:
Both your own medical history and that of your family go on the HRA, which needs to include details of any diseases or other medical conditions you’ve had including behavioral or psychological problems, whether you’ve undergone surgery at any time, and any genetic issues you might have.
Your provider records details of any allergies you have, the medications you take, and any other remedies you use such as herbal medicines or dietary supplements.
Your provider also measures your:
There’s a list of Medicare-approved tests that your provider can request as well if needed.
Once your IPPE is complete, your provider prepares a health plan with you that details the steps you can take to safeguard your health and avoid medical problems. Your health plan might include recommendations for further screenings, tests, or specialist treatments.
Medicare provides for one annual wellness visit in any 12-month period. After the IPPE, which is your first wellness visit, your provider at Complete Health Medical P.C. annually reviews your HRA and health care plan.
They check your weight and blood pressure again and update your plan with information about your health since your last wellness visit. Finally, your provider discusses any updates to your health care plan to optimize your health going forward.
If you’re a Medicare recipient and would like to arrange your annual wellness visit, call Complete Health Medical P.C. today or book an appointment online.