The Medicare Annual Wellness Visit in Nursing Homes

July 1, 2016

In 2011, all Medicare beneficiaries were entitled to receive an Annual Wellness Visit as part of the Affordable Care Act. This is a no-cost visit for the patient, provided the physician does not give additional services or order tests. The Wellness Visit covers a review of family and medical history, immunizations, blood pressure, screening for depression, cognitive impairment, and functionality. It is focused on preventive services, and patients should receive a written assessment of preventive needs.