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Medicare’s Annual Wellness Visit (AWV)

The Medicare Annual Wellness Visit (AWV) is a yearly appointment with a health professional to identify health risks and help reduce them and to create or update a personalized prevention plan. During a Medicare AWV, health professionals should also review any current opioid prescriptions, detect any cognitive impairment, and establish or update medical and family history.

Coding and Billing a Medicare AWV

G0438: Annual wellness visit, includes a personalized prevention plan of service (PPS), initial visit

G0439: Annual wellness visit, includes a personalized prevention plan of service (PPS), subsequent visit

G0468: Federally qualified health center (FQHC) visit, IPPE, or AWV; a FQHC visit that includes an initial preventive physical examination (IPPE) or annual wellness visit (AWV) and includes a typical bundle of Medicare-covered services that would be furnished per diem to a patient receiving IPPE or AWV

Diagnosis code V70.0; Initial Annual Wellness Visit G0438; Subsequent Annual Wellness Visit G0439

Medicare will pay a physician for an AWV service and a medically necessary service, e.g. a mid-level established office visit, Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code 99213, furnished during a single beneficiary encounter. It is important that the elements of the AWV not be replicated in the medically necessary service. Physicians must append modifier -25 (significant, separately identifiable service) to the medically necessary E/M service, e.g. 99213-25, to be paid for both services.

For example, for the patient who comes in for his Annual Wellness Visit and complains of tendonitis would be billed as follows: CPT ICD9, G0438 V70.0, 99212-25 726.90 (tendonitis)

ACP Tools for the Annual Wellness Visit

The following forms and templates can be customized for use in your practice:

Patient Handouts