Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs) can contribute to health prevention efforts with older adults by utilizing a health risk appraisal (HRA) during the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit (AWV). This study examined APN perceptions and practices concerning use of HRAs during AWVs (N = 51). Results indicate that respondents agree it is important to collaboratively identify risks and develop a personalized prevention plan, but only a small percentage (7.8) use HRA data to do so. Reported concerns include reimbursement and time, further work on how to best integrate HRAs into APN practice to enhance prevention efforts with older adults is critical.
Health promotion, health risk appraisals, Medicare Annual Wellness Visit, nurse practitioners, older adults
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Simpson, Vicki & Edwards, Nancy & Berlin, Kathryn. (2018). Annual Medicare Wellness Visit: Advanced Nurse Practitioner Perceptions and Practices. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners. 14. e45-e48. 10.1016/j.nurpra.2017.11.008.