Medicare Plan B Regular Coverage

PLAN B – COVERED SERVICES:

Ambulance Services

Emergency ground transportation when you need to be transported to a hospital or skilled nursing facility for medically-necessary services, and transportation in any other vehicle could endanger your health. Medicare will pay for transportation in an airplane or helicopter if you require immediate and rapid ambulance transportation that ground transportation can’t provide.

In some cases, Medicare may pay for limited non-emergency transportation if you have orders from your doctor. Medicare will only cover services to the nearest appropriate medical facility that is able to give you the care you need. You pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount, and the Part B deductible applies.

Ambulatory Surgical Centers

Facility fees for approved surgical procedures provided in an Ambulatory Surgical Center (facility where surgical procedures are performed, and the patient is released within 24 hours). You pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount (except for screening flexible sigmoidoscopies and screening colonoscopies, for which you pay 25%), and the Part B deductible applies. You pay all facility charges for procedures Medicare doesn’t allow in ambulatory surgical centers.

Blood

In most cases, the provider gets blood from a blood bank at no charge, and you won’t have to pay for it or replace it. However, you will pay a copayment for the blood processing and handling services for every unit of blood you get, and the Part B deductible applies. If the provider has to buy blood for you, you must either pay the provider costs for the first 3 units of blood you get in a calendar year or have the blood donated by you or someone else.

You pay a copayment for additional units of blood you get as an outpatient (after the first 3), and the Part B deductible applies.

Chiropractic Services (limited)

Helps correct a subluxation (when one or more of the bones of your spine move out of position) using manipulation of the spine. You pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount, and the Part B deductible applies.

Clinical Laboratory Services

Includes certain blood tests, urinalysis, some screening tests, and more. No cost to you.

Clinical Research Studies

Clinical research studies test different types of medical care, like how well a cancer drug works. They help doctors and researchers see if the new care works and if it’s safe. Medicare covers some costs, like doctor visits and tests, in qualifying clinical research studies. You pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount, and the Part B deductible applies.

Defibrillator (Implantable Automatic)

For some people diagnosed with heart failure. You pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount for the doctor’s services. You pay a copayment but no more than the Part A hospital stay deductible (see page 120) if you get the device as a hospital outpatient. The Part B deductible applies.

Diabetes Supplies

Including blood sugar testing monitors, blood sugar test strips, lancet devices and lancets, blood sugar control solutions, and therapeutic shoes (in some cases). Insulin is covered only if used with an insulin pump. You pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount, and the Part B deductible applies.

Note: Insulin and certain medical supplies used to inject insulin, such as syringes, may be covered by Medicare prescription drug coverage (Part D).

Doctor Services

Services that are medically necessary (includes outpatient and some doctor services you get when you are a hospital inpatient) or covered preventive services. Doesn’t cover routine physicals except for the one-time “Welcome to Medicare” physical exam. See “Physical Exam.” You pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount, and the Part B deductible applies.

Durable Medical Equipment (like walkers)

Items such as oxygen equipment and supplies, wheelchairs, walkers, and hospital beds your doctor orders for use in the home. You pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount, and the Part B deductible applies. You must get your covered equipment or supplies from a supplier enrolled in Medicare. You should also check if the supplier is a participating supplier. Participating suppliers must accept assignment (see page 47), and your out-of-pocket costs may be less.

Emergency Room Services

When you believe your health is in serious danger. You may have a bad injury, a sudden illness, or an illness that quickly gets much worse. You pay a specified copayment for the hospital emergency department visit, and you pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount for the doctor’s services. The Part B deductible applies.

Eye Exams for People with Diabetes

Checks for diabetic retinopathy once every 12 months by an eye doctor who is legally allowed by the state to do the test. You pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount, and the Part B deductible applies.

Eyeglasses (limited)

One pair of eyeglasses with standard frames (or one set of contact lenses) after cataract surgery that implants an intraocular lens. You pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount, and the Part B deductible applies.

Federally- Qualified Health Center Services

Includes many outpatient primary care and preventive services you get through certain community-based organizations.

You pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount.

Foot Exams and Treatment

If you have diabetes-related nerve damage and/or meet certain conditions. You pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount, and the Part B deductible applies.

Hearing and Balance Exams

If your doctor orders it to see if you need medical treatment. You pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount, and the Part B deductible applies.

Note: Medicare doesn’t cover hearing aids and exams for fitting hearing aids.

Home Health Services

Limited to medically-necessary part-time or intermittent skilled nursing care, or physical therapy, speech-language pathology, or a continuing need for occupational therapy. A doctor must order it, and a Medicare-certified home health agency must provide it. Home health services may also include medical social services, part-time or intermittent home health aide services, durable medical equipment, and medical supplies for use at home.

You must be homebound, which means that leaving home is a major effort. No cost to you for home health services. For Medicare-covered durable medical equipment, you pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount, and the Part B deductible applies.

Kidney Dialysis Services and Supplies

For people with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). Medicare covers dialysis either in a facility or at home when your doctor orders it. You pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount, and the Part B deductible applies.

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Kidney Disease Education Services

Medicare may cover kidney disease education services if you have kidney disease, and your doctor refers you for the service. You pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount, and the Part B deductible applies.

Mammograms (screening)

A type of X-ray to check women for breast cancer before they or their doctor may be able to find it. Medicare covers screening mammograms once every 12 months for all women with Medicare age 40 and older. Medicare covers one baseline mammogram for women between ages 35–39. You pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount.

Mental Health Care (outpatient)

To get help with mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, or substance abuse. Includes services generally given outside a hospital or in a hospital outpatient department, including visits with a doctor, psychiatrist, clinical psychologist, or clinical social worker, and lab tests. Certain limits and conditions apply.

What you pay will depend on whether you are being diagnosed and monitored or whether you are getting treatment.

■ For visits to a doctor or other healthcare provider to diagnose your condition, or to monitor or change your prescriptions, you pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount.

■ For outpatient treatment of your condition (such as counseling or psychotherapy), you pay 45% in 2010 (which is lower than in 2009) of the Medicare-approved amount. This copayment amount will continue to decrease over the next 4 years.

The Part B deductible applies for both visits to diagnose or monitor your condition as well as treatment.

Note: Inpatient mental healthcare is covered under Part A hospital stays. See page 20.

Talk to your doctor if you feel sad, have little interest in things you used to enjoy, feel dependent on drugs or alcohol, or have thoughts about ending your life.

Non-doctor Services

Medicare covers services provided by non-doctors, such as physician assistants and nurse practitioners. You pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount, and the Part B deductible applies.

Occupational Therapy

Evaluation and treatment to help you return to usual activities (such as dressing or bathing) after an illness or accident when your doctor certifies you need it. There may be limits on physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology services and exceptions to these limits. You pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount, and the Part B deductible applies.

Outpatient Hospital Services

Services you get as an outpatient as part of a doctor’s care. You may pay more for a doctor’s care in an outpatient department of a hospital than you will pay for the same care in a doctor’s office. You pay a specified copayment for each service. The copayment can’t be more than the Part A hospital stay deductible. See page 120. The Part B deductible applies.

Outpatient Medical and Surgical Services and Supplies

For approved procedures (like X-rays, a cast, or stitches). You pay a copayment for each service you get in an outpatient hospital setting. For each service, this amount can’t be more than the Part A hospital stay deductible. See page 120. The Part B deductible applies, and you pay all charges for items or services that Medicare doesn’t cover.

Physical Therapy

Evaluation and treatment for injuries and diseases that change your ability to function when your doctor certifies your need for it.

There may be limits on these services and exceptions to these limits. You pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount, and the Part B deductible applies.

Prescription Drugs (limited)

Includes a limited number of drugs such as injections you get in a doctor’s office, certain oral cancer drugs, drugs used with some types of durable medical equipment (like a nebulizer or infusion pump) and under very limited circumstances, certain drugs you get in a hospital outpatient department. You pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount for these covered drugs. If the covered drugs you get in a hospital outpatient department are part of the service you get, you pay the copayment for the services. However, if you get other types of drugs in a hospital outpatient department, what you pay depends on whether you have Part D or other prescription drug coverage, whether the drug is covered by your drug plan, and whether the hospital is in your drug plan’s network. Contact your prescription drug plan to find out what you pay for drugs you get in a hospital outpatient department. Keep in mind that under Part B, you pay 100% for most prescription drugs, unless you have Part D or other drug coverage. See page 69 for more information.

Prosthetic/ Orthotic Items

Including arm, leg, back, and neck braces; artificial eyes; artificial limbs (and their replacement parts); some types of breast prosthesis (after mastectomy); and prosthetic devices needed to replace an internal body part or function (including ostomy supplies, and parenteral and enteral nutrition therapy) when your doctor orders it. For Medicare to cover your prosthetic or orthotic, you must go to a supplier that is enrolled in Medicare. You pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount, and the Part B deductible applies.

Rural Health Clinic Services

Includes many outpatient primary care services. You pay 20% of the amount charged, and the Part B deductible applies.

Second Surgical Opinions

Covered in some cases for surgery that isn’t an emergency. In some cases, Medicare covers third surgical opinions. You pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount, and the Part B deductible applies.

Speech-Language Pathology Services

Evaluation and treatment given to regain and strengthen speech and language skills including cognitive and swallowing skills when your doctor certifies your need for it. There may be limits on these services and exceptions to these limits. You pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount, and the Part B deductible applies.

Surgical Dressing Services

For treatment of a surgical or surgically-treated wound. You pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount for doctor services. You pay a fixed copayment for these services when you get them in a hospital outpatient department. You pay nothing for the supplies. The Part B deductible applies.

Telehealth

Includes a limited number of medical or other health services, like office visits and consultations provided using an interactive two-way telecommunications system (like real-time audio and video) by an eligible provider who is at a location different from the patient’s. Available in some rural areas, under certain conditions, and only if the patient is located at one of the following places: a doctor’s office, hospital, rural health clinic, federally-qualified health center, hospital-based dialysis facility, skilled nursing facility, or community mental health center. You pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount, and the Part B deductible applies.

Tests

Including X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, EKGs, and some other diagnostic tests. You pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount, and the Part B deductible applies. See “Clinical Laboratory Services” on page 27 for other Part B-covered tests. If you get the test at a hospital as an outpatient, you pay a specified copayment that may be more than 20% of the Medicare-approved amount, but it can’t be more than the Part A hospital stay deductible. See page 120.

Transplants and Immunosuppressive Drugs

Including doctor services for heart, lung, kidney, pancreas, intestine, and liver transplants under certain conditions and only in a Medicare-certified facility. Medicare covers bone marrow and cornea transplants under certain conditions.

Immunosuppressive drugs are covered if Medicare paid for the transplant, or an employer or union group health plan that was required to pay before Medicare paid for the transplant. You must have been entitled to Part A at the time of the transplant, and you must be entitled to Part B at the time you get immunosuppressive drugs. You pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount, and the Part B deductible applies.

If you are thinking about joining a Medicare Advantage Plan and are on a transplant waiting list or believe you need a transplant, check with the plan before you join to make sure your doctors and hospitals are in the plan’s network. Also, check the plan’s coverage rules for prior authorization.

Note: Medicare drug plans (Part D) may cover immunosuppressive drugs, even if Medicare or an employer or union group health plan didn’t pay for the transplant.

Travel (health care needed when traveling outside the United States) (limited)

For some people diagnosed with heart failure. You pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount for the doctor’s services. You pay a copayment but no more than the Part A hospital stay deductible (see page 120) if you get the device as a hospital outpatient. The Part B deductible applies.

Travel (health care needed when traveling outside the United States) (limited)

Medicare generally doesn’t cover health care while you are traveling outside the U.S. (the “U.S.” includes the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam,

the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa).

There are some exceptions including some cases where Medicare may pay for services that you get while on board a ship within the territorial waters adjoining the land areas of the U.S. In rare cases, Medicare may pay for inpatient hospital, doctor, or ambulance services you get in a foreign country in the following situations:

1) If an emergency arose within the U.S. and the foreign hospital is closer than the nearest U.S. hospital that can treat your medical condition

2) If you are traveling through Canada without unreasonable delay by the most direct route between Alaska and another state when a medical emergency occurs and the Canadian hospital is closer than the nearest U.S. hospital that can treat the emergency

3) If you live in the U.S. and the foreign hospital is closer to your home than the nearest U.S. hospital that can treat your medical condition, regardless of whether an emergency exists

You pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount, and the Part B deductible applies.

Urgently-Needed Care

To treat a sudden illness or injury that isn’t a medical emergency. You pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount, and the Part B deductible applies.

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