Why are Annual Wellness Visits Important?
As you may have noticed, your employer, Medicare and your Primary Care Provider (PCP) strongly encourage a yearly Annual Wellness Visit (AWV).
The emphasis in an AWV is prevention of disease, not simply treating disease once it is present. At these visits, your PCP may order labs and other screening exams to be performed to prevent disease or to diagnose a serious disease early in it’s course. We will also discuss topics to screen for other health risks. These risks may be broad, reaching across genders, ages, and cultures- such as smoking. Or these risks may be more individual specific, such as related to your line of work. For those who see multiple specialists, this visit is also an opportunity to update your chart to reflect the many changes of your care you go through in the course of a year, and help stay coordinated with your specialists.