Driving immunization through the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit: A growing opportunity

Angela K. Shen, Rob Warnock, Jeffrey A. Kelman

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Introduction: The Annual Wellness Visit (AWV) is a Medicare benefit designed to help prevent disease and disability based on individualized health and risk factors. Methods: This study analyzes Medicare Part B fee-for-service claims from 2011 to 2016 to assess AWV and seasonal influenza and pneumococcal conjugate vaccinations utilization over time. Results: Utilization of the AWV has increased from 8% of Medicare beneficiaries in 2011 to 19% in 2015. In each year, influenza and PCV13 vaccination rates are higher among those who utilize the benefit. More than one-third (33%) of patients who had an AWV in 2015 received a PCV13 vaccination in that same year, compared to 14% of those who did not. Similarly, the seasonal influenza vaccination rate was 64% among those with an AWV and 44% among those without. Conclusion: The AWV demonstrates promise for improving immunization rates among Medicare beneficiaries particularly at the point of care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StateAccepted/In press - 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Annual wellness visit
  • Centers for medicare & medicaid
  • Vaccination coverage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • veterinary(all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases


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