Welcome to Medicare Visit: What is it?

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If you’re new to Medicare, then you may have heard of something called the “Welcome to Medicare Visit.” What exactly is included in your Welcome to Medicare physical (also referred as the Initial Preventive Physical Examination, or IPPE) and how much will it cost?

In this article we’ll discuss:

Welcome To Medicare Visit

Your Welcome to Medicare preventive exam is a one-time appointment that was made to promote a healthy lifestyle and help prevent diseases. Your visit includes counseling, education and a comprehensive review of your health. You’ll learn about the preventive services you need, like certain health screenings, vaccinations, shots, as well as referrals for other types of healthcare.

Who is eligible?

People who are new to Medicare will qualify for a one-time exam within the first 12 months of their Medicare Part B enrollment.

When do I sign up for my “Welcome to Medicare” physical exam?

You may schedule your “Welcome to Medicare” preventive visit after you enroll in Medicare Part B. It’s recommended to schedule this visit right away. You must schedule your visit within the 1st twelve months of your Part B enrollment or Medicare will not cover it.

Once you pass this 12 month window, you are able to get an annual “Wellness” visit that is covered under Medicare. It is very helpful and allows you and your physician to come up with a personalized healthcare plan.

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Is the “Welcome to Medicare” exam free?

Are you wondering how much all of this is going to cost? The good news is that you will not have to pay anything for your “Welcome to Medicare” preventive visit.  Your exam is free as long as your qualified health care provider or doctor accepts assignment. Your Part B deductible will not apply. 

It’s important to point out that you may have a coinsurance payment, and your Part B deductible may apply if the following occurs:

  • Your health care provider or physician performs extra testing, services or procedures during the same visit.
  • These extra services, tests or procedures aren’t covered by Medicare under the preventive benefits.

What services are Covered?

What do I need to do to prepare for the exam?

Who can provide and administer the “Welcome to Medicare” exam?

Here are the following healthcare providers that are authorized to conduct the physical exam:

  • Medical Doctor
  • Physician Assistant
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist

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