If you have Medicare, you’re going to need a specialized physical during your first 12 months, as well as regular checkups. With their expertise in senior care, the team at Innovative Care Medicine in Corona, California, regularly performs required Medicare physicals. You can schedule your exam by using the online scheduling feature, or by calling the office.
Medicare Physicals Q & A
Why do I need a Medicare physical?
When you first enroll in Medicare Part B, you’re required to go through a one-time preventive physical call the “Welcome to Medicare” exam. This visit includes a thorough evaluation of your current and previous health, as well as scheduling preventive screenings you’re going to need.
After your initial Medicare physical, which is covered by Medicare during your first 12 months on the program, you can schedule annual wellness visits. While a “Welcome to Medicare” physical isn’t mandatory, Medicare won’t cover a wellness visit during your first 12 months unless you’ve had the initial “Welcome” exam.
What happens during a Medicare physical?
During your “Welcome to Medicare” preventive physical, Dr. Ohri spends time going over your medical history, as well as your family history. He’s going to calculate your body mass index (BMI) by checking your height and weight. This calculation helps determine if you need screening or counseling for lifestyle changes for overweight or obesity-related conditions.
Your Medicare exam is also likely going to include:
- Blood pressure check
- Simple vision test
- Mental health check
- Vaccination updates
Dr. Ohri might also go over your options for advanced medical directives. He can even evaluate your current prescription medications and make any essential changes to your dosages. After this exam, Dr. Ohri typically suggests scheduling yearly wellness visits for all men and women on Medicare.
How do I prepare for a Medicare physical?
When booking your “Welcome to Medicare” or annual Medicare wellness physical, ask the team at Innovative Care Medicine if you need to fast beforehand. In some cases, like if you need your cholesterol or blood sugar checked, you may need to avoid foods and drinks the night before your exam. Some of the other things you can do for preparation include:
- Bring in a list of current medications and dosages
- Gather your previous medical records
- Print out your vaccination history
You also need to bring your valid state-issued identification and Medicare card with you to your visit.
If you need a Medicare physical, use the online scheduling system to book a visit to Innovative Care Medicine You can also call the clinic to schedule.