Does your practice offer the Medicare annual wellness visit (AWV) to eligible patients?
If not, physicians and patients are missing out on some important one-on-one time, and the practice is passing up a new and steady revenue stream.
It's time to get moving. If learning the rules about how to facilitate this Medicare benefit has been a barrier, an upcoming AAFP webinar will provide just the jump-start busy physicians need.
The one-hour webinar, titled Medicare Annual Wellness Visit: Getting Paid for What We Do Best, is scheduled for April 4 at noon CDT. Purchase access to this event now. AAFP members pay $30, resident members pay $15, and nonmembers pay $110.
For purchasers unable to view the event live, the webinar will be made available on demand after it airs.
Webinar facilitator Daniel Bluestein, M.D., of Norfolk, Va., is a professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk and director of the department's Geriatrics Division.
FPM Offers Primer on AWV Uptake
Get the scoop on how to get physicians and patients on board with Medicare annual wellness visits in an article published in the March/April issue of Family Practice Management. Authors include Daniel Bluestein, M.D., a professor of family and community medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk.
He understands the all-around value of the Medicare AWV and will tell physicians exactly what they need to know to get started with -- or even expand -- the provision of these services.
For example, he'll explain how the added revenue stream can help pay for the addition of clinical staff members who can then take on important tasks such as care coordination and care management.
Bluestein will focus most of the hour on AWV basics, such as
- reviewing AWV requirements,
- summarizing elements of the visit,
- explaining how AWV conversations can close gaps in care,
- discussing the financial implications, and
- making the tie between the AWV and value-based payment, transitional care management, chronic care management and advance care planning.
He'll also stress this point: The AWV is a completely covered Medicare benefit -- so there is no copay to discourage patients from participating.
Bluestein will be prepared to take questions at the end of the presentation.
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