Medicare Annual Wellness Visits

Jonah Medical Group

Family Practice & Internal Medicine Specialist located in Los Angeles, CA

Annual wellness visits are the most crucial step you can take in ensuring a healthy, disease-free life. Dr. Edwin Choi at Jonah Medical Group provides the men and women living in or around Los Angeles — the practice is in Koreatown — with regular, Medicare-compliant wellness check-ups to avoid any risk of illness. Call or book online to schedule your annual wellness exam today.

Medicare Annual Wellness Visit Q & A

What is a Medicare annual wellness exam?

A Medicare annual wellness exam is not to be confused with an annual physical. While the physical is a head-to-toe exam, the annual wellness exam is a yearly appointment between you and Dr. Choi that establishes your disease-prevention plan for the year.

An annual wellness exam's sole purpose is providing a comprehensive preventive care plan that sets you up for a healthy year.

During your visit with Dr. Choi, you can expect him to:

  • Evaluate your medical and family history
  • Check your blood pressure, vision, weight, and height
  • Make sure you’re up to date on immunizations and cancer screenings
  • Order further tests based on your overall health

Does Medicare cover your annual wellness exam?

Medicare covers your annual wellness exam if you:

  • Have been enrolled for over 12 months
  • Have not received an annual wellness exam in the past 12 months

Keep in mind that Medicare doesn’t cover your annual wellness exam and your Welcome to Medicare preventive exam in the same calendar year.

What are some of the preventive care screenings covered under Medicare?

The most common preventive care screenings covered under Medicare include, but are not limited to:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Cervical and vaginal cancer
  • Diabetes
  • HIV
  • Lung cancer
  • Mammograms
  • Nutrition therapy
  • Prostate cancer
  • Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

You’re also eligible for coverage for a variety a shots, including:

  • Flu
  • Hepatitis B
  • Pneumococcal

Contact Dr. Choi today for a full list of services covered under Medicare.

Which conditions should receive screenings?

Each patient requires a specific set of screenings. However, the older you get, the more critical it is to do screenings for chronic conditions, including:

  • Vision/hearing impairments
  • Depression
  • Fall risk
  • Overweight and obesity
  • Irregular blood pressure
  • Tobacco and alcohol abuse
  • High cholesterol

How should you prepare for an annual wellness exam?

Generally speaking, there’s no preparation necessary for your annual wellness exam.

Nevertheless, you should be ready to discuss any medical issues that you feel might become a problem in the coming year with Dr. Choi so that he can craft the appropriate prevention plan.

During your visit, Dr. Choi might ask you about your diet and exercise regimen. Keeping a diary in which you can log both of these activities in the weeks leading up to your exam will help your doctor make the most relevant decisions.

Go online or call Jonah Medical Group today to book your annual wellness exam.