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Did you get your ‘New to Medicare’ Preventive Visit?

January 13, 2021

Good news. Within your first 12 months of enrolling in Medicare Part B, you’ll have the opportunity for a FREE Welcome to Medicare preventive office visit. This service is to help you and your doctor review your medical history and get a written plan to help manage your healthcare needs going forward. The service is covered under Part B of Medicare, and is not applicable to your Part B deductible or coinsurance.

In 2021 the Part B Annual Deductible is $203, but make sure when you call your doctors office that you state the reason for your visit is the New to Medicare Preventive Visit.

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This service is to help you and your doctor review your medical history and get a written plan to help manage your healthcare needs going forward. The service is covered under Part B of Medicare, and is not applicable to your Part B deductible or coinsurance. In 2021 the Part B Annual Deductible is $203, but make sure when you call your doctors office that you state the reason for your visit is the New to Medicare Preventive Visit.

It’s important not to confuse this service with your Annual Wellness or Annual Physical Examination, of which generally occurs after you’ve been on Medicare for a full year. You’ll want to bring a few things with you for your provider to review and incorporate into your plan.

  • Any past Medical Records and Immunization Records
  • Records of Family Health History
  • A record of your prescription drugs including over-the counter drugs and vitamins.

What is covered in the Preventative Visit with my Provider

  • Review your medical history and social history
  • Check your height, weight, blood pressure, body mass index (BMI) and vision
  • Review of any mental health conditions and/or depression
  • Review your ability to function within your community and your home
  • Provide you with education, counseling, and referrals related to your risk factors and other health needs
  • Give you a written plan or checklist with additional services you may need

What is not covered under the Preventative Visit

You’ll want to make sure your doctor accepts Medicare ‘Assignment’. If not, you may be billed for the full service. If your doctor recommends further testing, diagnostic or treatments these may not be covered under the Preventative Visit and you could be responsible for payment depending on your other Medicare insurance coverage. Just remember that this is not a full physical or wellness examination and those will generally occur after your first year in Medicare.

About the author 

Paul Bennett  -  Our founder, Paul Bennett, grew up in the insurance business. In recent years he became increasingly concerned watching seniors wade through the confusing and complex world of Medicare just to find the right plan. Who could they trust to help them navigate the waters with their best interests in mind? Without an independent agent, there was little help to be found. Paul knew he could do better, and MediGap Select was born. He built a team of independent agents who shared his commitment to ensuring that people have the information and guidance they need to make the best decision regarding their insurance. Paul and his team bring clarity, simplicity, and transparency to the Medicare enrollment process, making it easy for you to find the right plan.

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