About the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit
Section 4104 of the Affordable Care Act
The 2010 federal health care reform law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, established a new benefit for Medicare recipients called the Annual Wellness Visit. As of January 1, 2011, Medicare beneficiaries are eligible for an annual wellness visit that focuses on establishing and 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 ("Welcome to Medicare" visit) or an annual wellness visit service within the past 12 months.
As of January 2012, the patient must complete a Health Risk Assessment (HRA) before the face-to-face encounter. You can download and print the HRA in large font or a two-page version.
CMS has identified elements required for a first Annual Wellness Visit service and a subsequent AWV service.