Annual Wellness Visit to Provide Personalized Preventive Plan Benefit
Annual Wellness Visit Benefit Overview
What is the new wellness visit benefit? Who is eligible to receive a wellness visit service?
The March 2010 federal health care reform law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), establishes a new benefit that begins January 1, 2011 that enables Medicare beneficiaries to receive an annual wellness visit that focuses on establishing and then maintaining a personalized prevention plan. A beneficiary is eligible if he or she: has had Medicare Part B coverage for at least 12 months; and has not received either an Initial Preventive Physical Examination, known as the “Welcome to Medicare” visit, service or an annual wellness visit service within the past 12 months.
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