Annual Wellness Visit Certificate Course– Self-Paced


Course Price:

$199.00

Course Dates: Self-Paced – recommended time line approximately 10 weeks

Course Description:

In 2011, Medicare established a new benefit for Medicare Beneficiaries – The Annual Wellness Visit. The Annual Wellness Visit was implemented to focus on health promotion, disease detection, and fostering the coordination of the screening and preventive services for the Medicare Beneficiaries. The Annual Wellness Visit is often misunderstood by providers and patients alike. It is not intended to be an annual physical exam but rather an in-depth consultative visit with the outcome of providing an individualized plan of care for the patient focusing on health and prevention. Additionally, this visit can and should be performed using the team based approach to care.

Now more than ever, it is imperative that healthcare professionals embrace the team based approach to care that encourages everyone to work at the highest level of their education and training. Using a team based approach to care to focus on health and wellness increases access to care, assists patients in making healthy choices, and improves practice workflow. The team based approach is the only effective means of delivering this Annual Wellness Visit benefit to the growing number of Medicare beneficiaries – currently over 55 million with an additional 10,000 plus added each day.

This course is designed to provide health professionals, such as Nurses, Health Educators, Health Coaches, and alike, with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to conduct this in-depth consultative visit and develop an individualized preventive plan of care as a valuable member of the primary care provider team.

Course Delivery Format:

The course is divided into five (5) modules. Each module may take up to two (2) weeks. The development of annual wellness visit (AWV) skills occurs when knowledge and practice are combined. This Annual Wellness Visit Self-Paced Certificate Course will put knowledge into practice as participants are immersed in this Self-paced course with interactive discussion board and optional monthly check-ins with the instructors. The education will be delivered in a virtual environment using a combination of pre-recorded didactic presentations, asynchronous discussion threads, and a virtual meeting space for a live monthly discussion with the instructors.

Course Outline:

Module 1 – Medicare’s Focus on Wellness

      • Medicare basics
      • Purpose of the Wellness Visit
      • Using a Team Based Approach

Module 2 – Essential Elements Overview

      • Using data as information
      • Engaging the patient prior to the visit
      • Health Risk Assessment

Module 3 – Focus on Specific Risk Assessments

      • Understanding Depression Screening
      • Understanding Cognitive Screening
      • Understanding Fall Risk and Home Safety Screening

Module 4 – Overview of the Preventative Plan of Care

      • The intent of the Preventative Plan of Care
      • Elements required
      • Selection of Screening tests/procedures

Module 5 – Preventative Plan of Care and Next Steps

      • Development of Care Planning
      • Connection with Community Resources
      • Follow up Appointment and Reimbursement models

Course Objectives:

At the completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Understand the background and intent of the AWV
  2. Explain the value of the using the Team Based Approached for AWVs
  3. Select appropriate questions for the health risk assessment
  4. Translate the data in the medical record into information that impacts the health and wellness of the patient
  5. Perform and evaluate the depression, cognitive, and falls risk assessments
  6. Educate patients on home safety
  7. Differentiate preventative services from medically necessary services
  8. Develop a patient centered individualized preventative plan of care
  9. Connect patients with community resources to improve lifestyle behaviors
  10. Explain the rules and regulations regarding AWV reimbursement

 

 

Meets Objectives Dates Delivery Method Time Expectations Number Contact Hours
Module 1

Objectives 1&2

Recorded Lecture 30 minutes 0.5
Recommend 2 weeks per module Asynchronous Discussion & Clinical Practice 3 hours 1
Module 2

Objectives 3&4

Recorded Lecture 30 minutes

 

0.5
Recommend 2 weeks per module

 

Asynchronous Discussion & Clinical Practice 3 hours

 

1
Module 3

Objective 5&6

Recorded Lecture 30 minutes

 

0.5
Recommend 2 weeks per module Asynchronous Discussion & Clinical Practice 3 hours

 

1
Module4

Objectives 7&8

Recorded Lecture 30 minutes 0.5
Recommend 2 weeks per module

 

Asynchronous Discussion & Clinical Practice

 

3 hours

 

1
Module 5

Objectives 9&10

Recorded Lecture

 

30 minutes

 

0.5

 

Recommend 2 weeks per module Asynchronous Discussion & Clinical Practice 3 hours

 

1
Total: 7.5