Medicare Wellness Visits

Carson Tahoe Medical Group, an affiliate of the Carson Tahoe Health System, is pleased to offer the Medicare free benefit called the Annual Wellness Visit. During this visit we will work with you to make a plan for how to stay well. For details, contact your Primary Care & Internal Medicine providers, or find one here.

What is the Annual Wellness Visit?

  • This visit is for talking with your healthcare team about your medical history, your risk for certain diseases, the current state of your health, and your plan for staying well.
  • We will measure your height, weight and blood pressure.
  • We might refer you for screenings or services outside of the appointment.

How is the Annual Wellness Visit different from other visits?

  • This is not the same as a yearly physical exam.
  • We will not listen to your heart and lungs or check other parts of your body.
  • You probably will not get screenings or blood tests during this visit.
  • We would want to schedule another appointment if you are not feeling well or are concerned about a medical problem.

When do I get it?

You can receive a Wellness (“Welcome to Medicare”) Visit during the first 12 months you are enrolled in Medicare Part B. You can then schedule a Wellness Visit once a year.

Who pays for it?

  • Medicare will pay for the Annual Wellness Visit so you will have no out of pocket expense.
  • You might have a copayment for some screening services and follow up visits.
  • If you receive additional tests or services during the same visit that aren’t covered under these preventive benefits, you may have a co-pay and the Part B deductible may apply.

Things to bring to your Annual Wellness Visit:

Please complete the forms linked below and bring them to your visit including:

  • A list of the members on your healthcare team including any specialists.
  • The names of your home health agency and medical equipment supply companies (ex. oxygen supplier).
  • The names and locations of the pharmacies you use.
  • A bag with all of the medicines you take including over-the-counter drugs, vitamins and supplements.

We look forward to working with you to make a plan to help you stay well.