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Schedule annual well visits for your Medicare Advantage patients
August 22, 2023

This article is for providers and office staff who care for our Medicare Advantage members

The end of summer is a great time to schedule your Medicare Advantage patients for their annual wellness visits before their calendars fill up in the fall. An annual wellness visit helps patients share their concerns with you and lowers their risk of developing disease complications.

Since spending time with your patient during an annual well visit can increase patient satisfaction and impact quality outcomes, we urge you to:

Contact your Medicare Advantage patients today to schedule a wellness visit with any primary care provider.

Note that Blue Cross covers both the annual wellness visit and routine physical exam wellness visit for your patients each year. Consider offering telehealth visits where possible to increase convenience for your patients.

Talk to your patients during the visit about:

  • Having important preventive screenings such as colorectal cancer, and offer at-home testing options when appropriate
  • Reducing the risk of falls and monitoring physical activity
  • Improving bladder control
  • Filling 90-day pharmacy prescriptions by mail order to enhance medication adherence
  • Calling your office for follow-up care after any hospitalization

Be sensitive and aware of your patient’s background so that you can address any cultural beliefs or barriers that may prevent them from getting the care they need.

You can learn more about additional support programs that are available to your patient by visiting our Member Support & Assistance Programs page.

Thank you for the care you provide to your patients — our members.