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.
These visits may seem ambiguous to many, but with their growing popularity, practices are increasingly looking into outsourcing this service. Patients see the value behind these services, offering a closer monitoring of their health.
The Pros of AWVs From a Patient’s Perspective
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:
- They are completely free for patients
- Include a Personalized Plan of Preventive Services and when to receive them
- Center around coaching you in reducing potential health risks
- Promote prevention rather than intervention
- Do not include a physical exam
Although these services are interesting to patients, their appeal is not lost on practices and physicians themselves.
The Pros of AWVs From a Physician’s Perspective
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:
- Providing AWVs to their patients
- Keeping their current workflow
- Generating additional revenue in the process
- Having closer ties to their patients and their health
- Meeting many MIPS requirements along the way
Physicians are beginning to look more and more into AWVs on request from either patients, 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 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 – allowing them to have more control over their health – and make incremental revenue in the process.
Whitepaper: Understanding the Benefits of Annual Wellness Visits
This whitepaper discusses how to implement Annual Wellness Visits and how you and your patients can fully benefit from them.