The Annual Wellness Visit (AWV) is a yearly preventive visit with a primary care provider to create or update a personalized health and wellness plan. It is a fully covered benefit for Medicare beneficiaries. This service may help prevent illnesses based on a patient's current health conditions and other risk factors.
Findings suggest that AWVs decrease ER and hospital admissions, especially in high-cost beneficiaries. Implementing AWVs will allow practices to establish baseline patient data, attain quality metrics and demonstrate their ability to successfully manage complex populations.
With a robust AWV strategy and completion rate, patients become more involved in their health and care plans, which boosts their engagement. As health care shifts to value-based care delivery, AWV becomes an essential tool for practices to provide quality health care, increase preventive care and improve patient engagement, satisfaction and outcomes.
Taraneh Lucas, Netrin Health
Arumani Manisundaram, Netrin Health
Sahana Arumani, Netrin Health