During the exam, your doctor will record your medical history, check your blood pressure, height and weight, take your body mass index measurement, and give you simple vision test.
Your doctor will also talk to you about creating advance directives. Advance directives are legal documents that allow you to put in writing what kind of health care you would want if you were too ill to speak for yourself. Depending on your general health and medical history, further tests may be ordered. >>Read more about advance directives.
You will get advice to help you prevent disease, improve your health, and stay well. You will also get a written plan (like a checklist) letting you know which screenings and other preventive services you need.
People at risk for abdominal aortic aneurysms may get a referral for a one-time screening ultrasound at their "Welcome to Medicare" physical exam.
If you have a family history of abdominal aortic aneurysms, are a man age 65 to 75, and you have smoked at least 100 cigarettes in your lifetime, you are considered at risk. You pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount with no Part B deductible for this screening ultrasound.
When you go to your "Welcome to Medicare" physical exam, bring the following items:.
- Your medical records, including immunization records (if you are seeing a new doctor). Call your old doctor to get copies of your medical records
- Your family health history--try to learn as much as you can about your family's health history before your appointment. Any information you can give your doctor can help determine if you are at risk for certain diseases.
- A list of prescription and over-the-counter drugs that you currently take, how often you take them, and why.
Who is covered?
All people who have had Medicare Part B for 12 months or less.
How often is it covered?
Only one time and you must have the exam within the first 12 months you have Part B, even if the effective date of your Part B Enrollment began in 2008.
Your costs if you have Original Medicare.
You pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount, and no Part B deductible.
Get more information in the free guide, Understanding Medicare Benefits.
For detailed information about benefits and premiums, call your insurance payer or Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP)
Nebraska residents 1-800-234-7119
Iowa residents 1-800-351-4664