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6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
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NEW Better Breathers Club

2nd Wednesday of each month 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Paul H. Broyhill Wellness Center
232 Boone Heights Drive Directions

Speaker Event: Rural Health and Health Care in America, Challenges and Opportunities

Thursday, November 9
11:00 a.m.
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10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
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336 Deerfield Rd, Boone, NC Directions

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Medicare is proactively supporting preventive medicine by covering the costs of an Annual Wellness Visit and screenings. The earlier we can detect health issues, the better they can be managed. Patients appreciate the time spent and opportunity to ask questions about their health. Appalachian Regional Medical Associates feels the benefits of this program can have a huge impact on helping patients stay well.

What is an Annual Wellness Visit (AWV)?

Medicare Part B covers a yearly visit to a healthcare provider at no cost to you to help prevent disease and disability. At this appointment, you and your provider will discuss your current health and risk factors and develop a personalized prevention plan to help you stay healthy.

The Annual Wellness Visit may include:

Health Risk Assessment

Height, weight, BP and body mass index

Gait Analysis

Hypertension screening

Depression screening

Cognitive evaluation

Medication and family history review

Identify your current providers 

Health and wellness education

Personalized health report (5 – 10 year plan)

Consultation with the provider

Counseling for tobacco use or alcohol use

Advanced Directive and Healthcare Power of Attorney review


Additional screenings may also be recommended based on the health risk assessment and screenings. These may require a co-pay or co-insurance.

How to make an appointment

You can call call 828-386-2038 or any Appalachian Regional Medical Associates primary care office to schedule your Annual Wellness Visit. Family Nurse Practitioner Ginger Warren travels between these offices so that you have a convenient location. She will schedule follow-up appointments with your primary care provider to deal with any concerns identified in the AWV. 


Appalachian Regional Internal Medicine Specialists

(828) 386-2746

148 Hwy 105 Extension Suite 104
Boone, NC 28607

 Baker Center for
Primary Care

(828) 737-7711

436 Hospital Drive
Suite 230
Linville, NC 28646

Medical Clinic

(828) 386-3350

623 Chestnut Ridge Parkway
Blowing Rock, NC 28605

 Elk River Medical Associates

(828) 898-5177

150 Park Avenue
Banner Elk, NC 28604


Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I have an AWV?

You should have an AWV once per year. After the first 12 months of participating in Medicare, patients qualify once per year for additional wellness visits.

How much does it cost? 

There is no cost to you for the appointment. The Annual Wellness visits are fully covered by Medicare as long as you have not had a previous AWV within the past 12 months. Some screenings may require a co-pay or co-insurance.

Is the Annual Wellness Visit the same as the yearly physical?

No, the Annual Wellness Visit is a preventive visit and does not replace your annual physical exam or ‘checkup.’

For more information about Annual Wellness Visits, be sure to ask your provider or visit