Promoting Medicare Annual Wellness Visits
Promoting Medicare Annual Wellness Visits
Release Date: 02/09/2021
Expiration Date: 02/09/2023
Format: Enduring Online Material
This activity is intended for physicians, physician assistants, physical therapists, nurse practitioners, ambulatory clinic nurses, pharmacists, social workers, licensed professional counselors, and public health professionals.
Statement of Need
Promoting proactive approaches to preventive health can make a difference. Despite being demonstrated to improve health quality outcomes and reduce health care costs, the percentage of Medicare beneficiaries having an Annual Wellness Visit remains low at around 20-25% of eligible people. Moran et al show little change in the percentage from 2014 to 2018. Dr. AE Cuenca and co-author, Susan Kapsner cite several explanations for the low rate. Providers report a lack of knowledge about AWV components for completion and adequate documentation. Some feel insufficient staffing limits the ability to offer these visits. Socio-economic issues around pressing chronic health conditions that make it difficult for patients to prioritize preventive services play a role. Lind et al (2019) and Ganguli et al (2018) report continued health disparities with even lower percentages of eligible patients in minority populations receiving Medicare AWVs. This module aims to educate providers and clinical staff regarding the components, documentation, and benefits in providing Medicare Annual Wellness Visits to all eligible patients.
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:
- Differentiate between the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit and the concept of an "annual physical".
- List benefits to the patient for participation in the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit and how to manage patient expectations for the visit.
- List benefits to your clinical practice for maintaining a high participation percentage within the Medicare beneficiary population.
- Identify common documentation errors that can result in payment denials from Medicare.
Sarah Ross, DO, MS, CMD
Assistant Professor, University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, Departments of Internal Medicine and Geriatrics
Maria Crompton, DO, DipABLM
Assistant Professor, University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, Department of Family Medicine
Melissa Calvin, PMP
Clinic Project Manager, University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, HSC Health, Fort Worth, Texas
Bethlyn Gerard, CPA, CLSSBB, LMT
Outcomes Improvement Consultant, Dallas, Texas
Brenda Wilson, MS, INCEDO
Donnell McKenzie, MEd, INCEDO
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The University of North Texas Health Science Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.
This knowledge-based activity has been assigned 0845-0000-21-006-H04-P and will award 1.0 contact hour (0.1 CEUs) of continuing pharmacy education credit in states that recognize ACPE providers.
Statements of participation will indicate hours and CEUs based on participation and will be issued online at the conclusion of the activity. Successful completion includes completing the activity, its accompanying evaluation and/or posttest (score 70% or higher), and requesting credit online at the conclusion of the activity. Credit will be uploaded to CPE Monitor, and participants may print a statement of credit or transcript from their NABP e-profile. UNTHSC complies with the Accreditation Standards for Continuing Pharmacy Education.
The University of North Texas Health Science Center is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association to award continuing medical education to physicians.
The University of North Texas Health Science Center has requested that the AOA Council on Continuing Medical Education approve this program for 1.0 hours of AOA Category 1B CME credits. Approval is currently pending.
The University of North Texas Health Science Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The University of North Texas Health Science Center designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1.0 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Patient care and procedural skills
Interpersonal and communication skills
Provide patient-centered care
Work in interdisciplinary teams
Interprofessional Education Collaborative Group
Teams and Teamwork
The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. This activity provides up to 1.0 contact hour(s).
UNT Health Science Center is accredited by the Texas Physical Therapy Association, Provider 1810035TX.
This activity is approved for 1.0 CCU for PTs and PTAs. For successful completion, a participant must attend the program, complete the evaluation, and request credit online at the conclusion of the activity. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
This activity is approved for a maximum of 1.0 Clock Hours for Social Workers.
Licensed Professional Counselors
University of North Texas Health Science Center certifies that this meets the requirements for continuing education under Texas Administrative Code. This activity provides 1.0 CEU credits.
Certified Public Health Professionals
This activity is approved for 1.0 credit(s) accepted by the National Board of Public Health Examiners' Certified Public Health (CPH) recertification program.
Certificate of Attendance
The University of North Texas Health Science Center certifies this activity for 1.0 hours of participation.
All information contained within this activity is intended for educational purposes only. Physicians and other health care professionals are encouraged to consult other sources and confirm the information contained in this site. No single reference or service can take the place of medical training, education, and experience. This website does not define a standard of care, nor is it intended to dictate an exclusive course of management. This information should not substitute for a visit or consultation with a health care provider.
Institutional Review Board
Data collected as part of this activity may be analyzed as part of educational research to study the effectiveness of interventions. This project is included under UNTHSC IRB protocol #2017-056.
This project is supported by grant funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U1QHP28735. The contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official view of the Health Resources and Services Administration or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. No commercial support was received for this activity.