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Just qualified for Medicare? Learn all about the Initial Preventive Physical Examination (IPPE)

Welcome to Medicare! If you’re about to become – or – have recently become eligible for Medicare, we encourage you to schedule your Medicare Initial Preventive Physical Examination (IPPE). You can learn more about the visit below – or call us today at (832) 548 5000 to schedule an appointment with one of our caring Providers.

What is the Medicare Initial Preventive Physical Examination (IPPE)?

The Initial Preventive Physical Examination (IPPE), also known as the “Welcome to Medicare Preventive Visit”, is a one-time benefit that Medicare covers within the first 12 months that you have Medicare Part B. The exam is an opportunity for you and your health care provider to review your health, and put a plan together to improve your health, prevent disease and stay healthy.

During your IPPE, our health care provider will:

  • Review your medical history
  • Check your blood pressure, vision and weight, and make sure you are up-to-date with screenings
  • Review your functional ability and level of safety
  • Review your potential for depression and other mood disorders
  • Discuss end of life planning, including advance health directives
  • Provide a brief written plan for education, counseling and/or referrals for other preventive services

When should I schedule my IPPE?

Medicare beneficiaries must schedule their IPPE within their first 12 months of Medicare Part B coverage. After the first 12 months of coverage, Medicare beneficiaries are eligible for an Annual Wellness Visit.

How do I schedule my IPPE?

Scheduling an appointment for your IPPE at Legacy is easy! Simply call (832) 548 5000. We’re accepting new patients and appointments are available.

How much does the IPPE cost?

The IPPE is covered 100% by Medicare, as long as you are in within the first 12 months of your Medicare Part B coverage.

What should I bring with me to the exam?

You should bring the following things with you when you go to your “Welcome to Medicare” visit:

  • Medical records, including vaccination records
  • A list of prescription drugs, as well as over-the-counter drugs and supplements you take
  • Your family health history
  • Any information you can give your doctor to help determine if you are at risk for certain diseases.

So, what are you waiting for? Call us today to schedule your IPPE with one of our caring Providers, and let us work with you to ensure your future health.