Overview

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) stipulated that Medicare establish Annual Wellness Visits (AWVs) for Medicare beneficiaries. These service codes offer the opportunity for primary care clinicians to focus on disease prevention and health promotion. The evaluation and management (E/M) service codes were designed for problem identification and management. The AWVs provide payment for primary care services heretofore uncompensated. 

Learning Objectives

  • Know the value of the “wellness” codes, the Initial Preventive Physical Examination and Annual Wellness Visits, for your patients.
  • Know the required documentation for the “wellness” visits and the implications for office organization and your EHR.
  • Know how to use these codes in combination with familiar patient care services. 


Faculty Disclosures

John D. Goodson, MD, FACP

No relevant financial relationships. 

Disclosures

Non-faculty contributors and others involved in the planning, development, and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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