For many patients the terms annual, physical, and wellness are used interchangeably, yet technically, the terms can mean something different to insurance companies and have different results in terms of costs. This can cause confusion when scheduling and can create misunderstandings concerning out-of-pocket costs.
Our office does its best to follow Medicare guidelines. To help prevent confusion, we have a link below that is directly from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that describes the differences between the types of yearly Medicare visits and their resulting financial costs.
Annual Wellness Visit CMS Packet – August 2018