An annual wellness visit is the time when people visit the doctor even if nothing is wrong with them. Annual wellness visits, as the name implies, are scheduled on a yearly basis and are usually scheduled well in advance. For patients who have special medical concerns, who are elderly, or who have recently been diagnosed with major illness the annual wellness visit may need to be changed to a bi-annual wellness visit.
An annual wellness visit includes a discussion about virtually every aspect of a patient's health. The doctor will ask questions about any changes that may have occurred since the last exam. During the physical examination, the doctor will check the patient's vital signs, will listen to the patient's heartbeat, and will test reflexes. The physician will also look for any major physical changes, for example, lesions or swelling in the body. If the patient has any ongoing medical conditions, for example, diabetes or asthma, the doctor will discuss the status of the condition and will determine if any daily maintenance changes need to be made. Patients who use medical equipment or devices will normally bring those to the visit so the physician can check the functioning of the devices and make sure the patient is still using them in the most optimal way.
Yes, most insurance companies do cover annual wellness visits. However, patients should contact their insurance company to make sure that the visit will be paid for. Some annual wellness visits will require a copayment, depending on the insurance provider. Testing that is deemed necessary during the annual wellness visit will typically be covered in the same way that the rest of the visit will be.
At Internal Medicine & Family Practice, we accept most major medical insurance plans. Here is a short list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.