Date of Award


Degree Name

Nursing (D.N.P.)


College of Nursing

First Advisor

Rebecca Davis

Second Advisor

Cynthia Coviak

Third Advisor

Kimberly Lanning


The Medicare Annual Wellness Visit (AWV) was enacted in 2011 as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The AWV is an opportunity to improve care delivery by encouraging use of preventive services and coordinate care for Medicare patients 65 and older who are at high risk for high usage of healthcare services. During this visit, patients are screened for common geriatric-related conditions such as depression, cognitive impairment, fall risk, and functional decline. This visit is also an opportunity to identify risk factors for chronic illness and help patients stay current on recommended screenings and vaccinations. The organization of interest is a regional healthcare system which provides primary care to Medicare patients; however, less than 5% of these patients have received an AWV. The purpose of this scholarly project is to develop a comprehensive protocol to conduct the AWV and trial the protocol for feasibility within the primary care office.

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Nursing Commons