An Annual Wellness Visit is a detailed assessment of a patient’s current health and risk factors. Through a question-based assessment, care coordinators meet with patients once a year and identify at-risk areas. These visits are different from regular annual doctor’s appointments. They focus on prevention and are followed by counseling to help patients reduce their health risk factors. Although they may seem ambiguous to many, they are growing in popularity. This is why practices are increasingly looking into outsourcing it and patients are seeing the value behind these services and how it offers closer monitoring of their health. Below we outline the pros of these visits from both perspectives.
With Annual Wellness Visits focusing on prevention rather than intervention, patients have a more keen sense of what is going on with their bodies and are provided all the tools and resources to react immediately if something goes wrong.
Detailed assessments allow patients and care coordinators to determine if there are any current health and risk factors and follow up with counseling to help reduce any risks if necessary.
Some of the highlights of Annual Wellness Visits for patients:
Although these services are interesting to patients, their appeal is not lost on practices and physicians themselves.
Before presenting the benefits, it’s important to mention that these services, although highly attractive to patients, can sometimes seem like a burden to many physicians. The time and resources required to perform such services, in the beginning, can seem unsettling. This is why many opt to outsource to other companies, allowing them to fully benefit from these services by:
Physicians are beginning to look more and more into AWVs on request from either patient, on their own accord, or simply as a means to stay competitive and provide their patients with the best care.
Outsourcing such services is a great way for physicians to continue working the way they always have while providing a hands-off service that allows them to have a deeper insight into their patient’s health and the control to sign-off on any important matters.
Although such services can be time-consuming and resource-intensive, which seems to be the only con, they can easily be outsourced, removing any and all uneasiness. Physicians can increase their care offerings, provide appealing services to their patients. This allows them to have more control over their health and make incremental revenue in the process.