Annual Exam Letter to Patients

Go to Patient Forms to Print your Annual Wellness Visit Questionnaire prior to the visit.

Information for Medicare/Medicare ACO/Replacement Beneficiaries

Our practice is pleased to provide you the following information that may improve your access to affordable healthcare if you are a Medicare beneficiary. On this page, please find information about, Please note Bestcare Internal Medicine requires all of our patients to schedule this visit yearly, it is to ensure all of your preventative measures are being met. Thank you for choosing us as your health care provider.

Annual Wellness Visits

At the Annual Wellness Visit, your doctor will talk to you about your medical history, review your risk factors, and make a personalized prevention plan to keep you healthy. The visit does not include a hands-on exam or any testing that your doctor may recommend, nor does it include any discussion about any new or current medical problems, conditions, or medications. You may schedule another visit to address those issues or your doctor may charge the usual Medicare fees for such services that are beyond the scope of the Annual Wellness Visit. With recent enhancements to government healthcare regulations, you and your family members may be eligible for preventive care services at no cost. Under the Affordable Care Act, if you have Original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage Plan you qualify for a yearly wellness exam and many preventive services for free or without deductible or copayment.  The preventive services you may qualify for include:

    • Bone mass measurement
    • Cholesterol and other cardiovascular screenings
    • Colorectal cancer screening (except for barium enemas)
    • Diabetes screening
    • Flu, pneumonia, and hepatitis B shots
    • HIV screening for people at increased risk or who ask for the test
    • Mammograms
    • Medical nutrition therapy to help people manage diabetes or kidney disease
    • Prostate cancer screening (except digital rectal examinations)
    • Tobacco use cessation counseling
    • Depression Screening
    • Fall Risk Screening

Some important clarifications about Annual Wellness Visits for Medicare Beneficiaries

    • For some preventive services, you may pay nothing. For some services you may be required to pay co-insurance (a part of the cost) for the office visit when you receive these services.
    • Your first yearly wellness exam cannot take place within 12 months of your “Welcome to Medicare” physical exam.

Your Resources for more information about Annual Wellness Visits

More complete information can be found at www.healthcare.gov, a federal government website managed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. You can find additional information about Preventive Services under the Medicare pages onwww.healthcare.gov).

You should also contact your plan administrators for the most complete information on how you may qualify for these benefits.