Standardized Patient Assessments at the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit: Results from the AAFP National Research Network

J Am Board Fam Med. 2022 May-Jun;35(3):605-609. doi: 10.3122/jabfm.2022.03.210345.


Introduction: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has set requirements for the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit (AWV).

Methods: A cross-sectional online survey to explore the variability in assessments and tools used during the AWV was completed by 159 primary care providers from 145 practices in 36 states.

Results: The results confirmed wide variation in use of specific tools during AWV and provider interest in using several specific tools if available.

Conclusion: The results indicated a need for more comprehensive AWV content and a preference for more structured and objective ways to conduct AWV assessment.

Keywords: Annual Wellness Visit; Chronic Disease; Counseling; Cross-Sectional Studies; Medicare; Preventive Health Services; Primary Health Care.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Humans
  • Medicare*
  • United States