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Medicare annual wellness visit very underused

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Researchers report that  the Medicare annual wellness visit,  mandated under the Affordable Care Act and including an assessment of mental impairment, is underused.
MedCity News reported that  an analysis of electronic health records (EHR) from Allina Health System, based in Minneapolis, found that only about 30 percent of its eligible Medicare population had an annual wellness visit in 2015.

And, not surprisingly, the researchers determined that the patient groups who would benefit most from cognitive screening were less likely than other elderly people to go for an annual check-up.

Sounds as if a lot more public-information outreach is  needed.

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