What is the IPPE?

The Initial Preventive Physical Examination (IPPE) is also known as the “Welcome to Medicare Preventive Visit.” One-time visit covered only within the first 12 months of Part B enrollment that must include all seven of the following elements:

  • Review of medical and social history
  • Review of potential risk for depression
  •  Review of functional ability and safety
  •  Measurement of height, weight, BMI, blood pressure, visual acuity and any other factor deemed appropriate
  •  Discussion of end of life planning
  •  Education, counseling, and referrals based on the results of review and evaluation services performed during the visit with a brief written checklist for the patient’s recommended planning

Though it is a preventive visit, it can be performed (and billed for) in conjunction with a routine visit to avoid scheduling a separate appointment to address conditions requiring attention.