You must have the visit within the first twelve months after you become eligible for Medicare.
It is important when you call your provider's office to state you would like an appointment for your "Welcome to Medicare" visit. This allows the scheduler to schedule the visit and other tests Medicare will allow.
Depending on availability of appointments, it is a good idea to schedule your visit as soon as you know your Medicare eligibility date. Just remember the appointment date must be within the first twelve months of your eligibility date.
Your provider may send you a questionnaire to fill out and bring with you to the appointment. It is always a good idea to bring a list of medications you currently take.
If you've had Part B for longer than 12 months, you can come in for an Annual Wellness Visit to develop or update a personalized prevention plan based on your current health and risk factors.
A few things you should know: