Medicare covers a yearly appointment to discuss your plan of preventive care in the coming year. This appointment is called the Annual Wellness Visit. The Annual Wellness Visit is similar to the one-time Welcome to Medicare preventive visit but has important differences. For example, like the Welcome to Medicare visit, the Annual Wellness Visit is not a head-to-toe physical. However, you cannot receive your Annual Wellness Visit within the first year you are enrolled in Medicare or within the same year you have your Welcome to Medicare exam. During the first Annual Wellness Visit, your doctor or health care provider will create a prevention plan based on your needs.

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