In an effort to identify early signs of decline and implement strategies to help older adults to age successfully, the Gateway Geriatric Education Center has developed resources for supporting primary care providers. One strategy to increasing the number of aging assessments in general practice is to leverage the Welcome to Medicare and Medicare Annual Wellness Visits (MAWV). The MAWVs are intended to provide aggressive, safe, and effective primary and secondary prevention strategies for older adults. There are three components to the MAWV:

1) healthcare risk assessment (or as we know it in the geriatrics world: the geriatric assessment)
2) provider consultation
3) personalized prevention plan.


Medicare Wellness Visit List
Medicare Annual Wellness visit Resource List

  1. Cuenca AE. Making Medical Wellness Visits Work in Practice. Fam Pract Manag. 2012 Sep-Oct;19(5):11-16.


  2. How to Bill Medicare’s Annual Wellness Visit (AWV).


  3. The ABCs of the Annual Wellness Visit (AWV).


  4. Medicare Learning Network. Annual Wellness Visit (AWV), Including Personalized Prevention Plan Services (PPPS). 2011.


  5. Frequently Asked Questions from the March 28, 2012 Medicare Preventive Services National Provider Call: The Initial Preventive Physical Exam and the Annual Wellness Visit.


  6. Medicare Learning Network. Advance Care Planning (ACP) as an Optional Element of an Annual Wellness Visit (AWV). 2015.


  7. Kaehr E, et al. FRAIL-NH Predicts Outcomes in Long-Term Care. J Am Med Direc Assoc 2015; 17(3):826


  8. Kaehr E, et al. Frailty in Nursing Homes: The FRAIL-NH Scale. J Am Med Direc Assoc 2014; 16(2):87-89


  9. Luo H, et al. Predicting Adverse Health Outcomes in Nursing Homes: A 9-Year Longitudinal Study and Development of the FRAIL-Minimum Data Set (MDS) Quick Screening Tool. J Am Med Direc Assoc 2015; 16(12): 1042-47