Hattiesburg Clinic offers two additional services to Medicare patients through the Quality Management Program: Annual Wellness Visits (AWV) and Chronic Care Management.
Annual Wellness Visit (AWV)
The Annual Wellness Visit (AWV) is designed to promote health, detect illness, and focus on early disease detection and prevention. Rather than a physical examination, each AWV is a one-on-one session with a skilled registered nurse to review patients’ health. During the typical 30-45 minute visit, a nurse will work with patients to complete an assessment and develop a personalized prevention plan in order to manage his/her health.
Annual Wellness Visit FAQ
What does an AWV cost?
The Annual Wellness Visit is covered completely by Medicare and comes at no cost to the patient.
When am I eligible for my AWV?
After patients have had Medicare Part B for more than 12 months, they are eligible to participate in the Annual Wellness Visits.
How often can I have my AWV?
Patients can schedule an AWV once every 12 months.
Why is an AWV important?
To ensure that we are providing the best health care possible, Hattiesburg Clinic recommends we follow this process so that any potential or previously unknown issue is discovered and treated at an early stage.
What should I bring to the AWV?
Patients should bring a list of all medications (prescription and over-the-counter) they are currently taking. This list should also include how often each medicine is taken and the reason for each medicine.
Will I see my doctor during my AWV?
In order to cover each portion of the Annual Wellness Visit thoroughly, it is necessary that patients visit with the AWV nurse. This will allow the nurses to gather all pertinent information for the providers to review. However, the physician will be on-site should any problems arise that need immediate attention.
Is the AWV the same thing as an annual physical exam?
No. The AWV is not meant to replace your yearly physical. An annual physical is much more extensive and can include lung, head, neck, abdominal, and neurological exams that are not conducted during the Annual Wellness Visit.
What is the difference between the “Welcome to Medicare” visit and the “Annual Wellness Visit”?
The “Welcome to Medicare” visit is a one-time appointment whereas the “Annual Wellness Visit” is an appointment that can recur every 12 months. Both appointment types are covered by Medicare.
Do I have to have my “Welcome to Medicare” visit before my “Annual Wellness Visit”?
No. Patients are not required to have a “Welcome to Medicare” appointment. However, if a “Welcome to Medicare” appointment is scheduled, the patient must wait 12 months before having the AWV.
What if I require further tests or screenings?
Although Medicare covers various screenings for people who are at an increased risk for certain illnesses, please be aware that standard deductible rates may still apply. Each service will be reviewed with the AWV nurse and primary care physician during the visit. Patients will have the opportunity to discuss any potential charges before testing. Consult your physician for more information.
Can I schedule back-to-back visits to avoid coming two different days?
Yes. A patient can have an Annual Wellness Visit on the same day as a provider visit.
What if I only need to refill my prescription?
If that is your present need, a message will be sent to your physician’s nurse to address. However, if it is time for your yearly exam, an appointment will need to be scheduled.