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Medicare Wellness Visits verses Physicals: June 10, 2019

It’s a yearly medical visit that addresses a patient’s health. “A lot of patients confuse the wellness visit with a physical. This is in no way, shape, or form a physical,” said Linda Gemeiner, a registered nurse with Lee Health.

A Medicare wellness visit is a more in-depth medical visit that addresses more than a patient’s physical health. “The nurse will take the time to review not only the physical aspects that the patient has, but we also review social aspects, a complete review of medications,” said Gemeiner.

Health experts also address a patient’s nutrition, sleep habits, and emotional well-being. Patients also undergo a memory screening test. “It is these kinds of things that we are able to pick up an awful lot of referrals that need to be made to neurology. Beginning signs of dementia are also found on this mini-cog,” she explained.

During the visit, patients may also receive any necessary blood work and vaccines. “The wonderful thing about the Sanctuary is we have a lab downstairs, we have radiology downstairs, we have several specialties in this department, so it’s very easy for a patient to get a lot of that taken care of in that visit,” Gemeiner said.

Maintaining yearly Medicare wellness visits can help health experts establish a healthy baseline for patients. “I’m able to see what type of history they have if they have had cancer in the past, if they have a thyroid issue if they are a smoker,” she said.

A free yearly visit that evaluates a patient’s overall health.


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