How Does WAVE Help Seniors?
WAVE delivers Annual Wellness Visits to eligible Medicare recipients, with
no copays, deductibles or coinsurance fees. It is available once each
year for seniors enrolled either in traditional Medicare or a Medicare
Advantage plan. WAVE comes to your location, so seniors don't have
to travel far. The preventive care provided by WAVE helps seniors stay
healthy and enhances independence and quality of life.
Designed to help prevent future illness and injury, the WAVE visit includes:
- A health and wellness interview that includes a review of each senior's
vital signs, health habits and risk factors.
- Simple screenings to check memory, risk of falling, bone density, circulation,
heart and nerve functions, breathing ability and risk of depression. Many
of these tests have no Medicare co-pays.
- Time to talk 1-on-1 about overall physical health and ways to stay healthy.
- An easy-to-understand report and personal health plan that each senior
takes home and can bring to future medical appointments. The plan includes
recommended services and screenings for the next 5 to 10 years, including
many no-cost Medicare services.
Is a referral or pre-approval required for a WAVE visit?
No, seniors do not need a doctor’s referral or pre-approval from
an insurance provider. WAVE staff will confirm each senior’s eligibility
right before the visit begins.
What do seniors need to bring to a WAVE appointment?
Seniors must bring their Medicare cards. Each person’s eligibility
will be confirmed before the appointment. Seniors should also bring a
list of all their current medications, supplements and vitamins.
The WAVE Program is made possible through a generous grant from the Healthcare
Foundation of New Jersey.