The Annual Wellness Visit (AWV), which is covered by Medicare, is a yearly appointment with your primary care provider (PCP) to create or update a personalized prevention plan. The AWV is not the same as a head-to-toe physical. During your Annual Wellness Visit, your provider will record your height, weight, blood pressure, and BMI; give you a health risk assessment; and screen for cognitive impairment, depression, and your ability to function safely at home. The provider will note your medical history and make a list of your current providers, suppliers, and medications. The provider should also create a 5-10 year screening schedule or checklist and provide health advice and referrals to health education and/or preventive counseling services aimed at reducing identified risk factors and promoting wellness.

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