New Medicare Part B insured patients are eligible for an Initial Preventive Physical Examination (IPPE) when you initially join the program. Every year after that first year, you are eligible for an Annual Wellness Visit.
The IPPE, otherwise known as the “Welcome to Medicare” visit, is strictly for those patients new to Medicare. This a one-time only exam paid for by Medicare for beneficiaries who have enrolled in the Medicare Part B program within the last 12 months.
This preventive visit is a health risk assessment that allows for you and your doctor to discuss short- and long-term steps to prevent disease, improve your health, and stay well. Research shows there is usually a better outcome when diseases are detected early.
In 2011, Medicare began paying for an annual wellness visit (AWV) with your primary care provider. There are no co-pays or deductibles for this visit.
The annual wellness visit is a strategy session designed to help you and your primary care provider develop an ongoing health plan intended to keep you healthy, safe, and independent for a long time.
The purpose of your annual wellness visit is to review your medical history, identify any potential health risks, and develop a personalized preventive services plan that will include appropriate health screenings.
If after your visit your health care provider determines additional evaluation is necessary, there may be a fee associated with some services.