The Medicare Annual Wellness Visit (AWV) is an opportunity for a patient to partner with his or her physician to focus on preventive screening and wellness. An AWV allows for a conversation (which there is often not time for during a regular appointment) and development of a personalized care plan. A majority of this service can be provided by the clinical care team.
The cost of AWVs are fully covered by Medicare and provide a revenue stream for the practice that can support and sustain an increase in clinical staffing who can perform care management and care coordination services.
Dr. Daniel Bluestein discusses how to provide or expand these services in your practice, as well as answers questions from the original recording about AWVs. Viewing this webcast allows physicians to invest in patient-centered, team-based care while promoting quality and cost-effective care. By improving quality and reducing costs, practices build a foundation for success under value-based payment and MACRA.
Estimated time required to complete the full webcast: 60 minutes
Original release date of webcast: April 4, 2017
Daniel Bluestein, MD, MS
Dr. Bluestein received his MD from the University of Massachusetts in 1975 and completed his residency in family medicine at the University of Maryland in 1978. His training also includes a Robert Wood Johnson faculty development fellowship in academic family medicine at the University of Iowa (1979-1981), earning a Master of Science in preventive medicine in the course of this experience. He is board-certified in family medicine and holds the Certificate of Added Qualification in geriatrics.
Dr. Bluestein has been a faculty member in the Department of Family Medicine, Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia, from 1981 to present. He currently is the Charles F. Burroughs, Jr. Professor of Family and Community Medicine and serves as director of the department's geriatrics division. Dr. Bluestein is the principal investigator as part of a statewide Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program grant and was a 2016 Harford Foundation/Atlantic Philanthropies Practice Change Leader awardee. He works with an interprofessional team towards developing new approaches to integrating geriatrics in primary care.
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