Medicare Part B

Medicare Part B generally covers tests, outpatient services, preventive services, and medical equipment. There are many different services covered by Part B. Each of them are listed by category below.

Preventive Services

Preventive services are the services that health professionals provide to prevent the development or progression of certain disease processes. These services are coded and billed differently. While the deductible may apply to certain preventive services, you otherwise pay nothing for preventive services as long as your doctor accepts Medicare.  For outpatient services, tests, and equipment, you are generally expected to pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount. 

Part B covers preventive services,such as: 

  • Counseling and education (alcohol misuse counseling, cardiovascular disease behavioral therapy, etc.)
  • Screenings (breast cancer screening, depression screening, alcohol misuse screening, etc.)
  • Vaccines (Flu shot, Hepatitis B, Pneumonia)
  • “Welcome to Medicare” visit
  • Yearly wellness visit.

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Outpatient Services

Part B covers outpatient services, such as:

  • Ambulance services
  • Cardiac rehabilitation programs
  • Chemotherapy
  • Clinical research studies
  • Doctor and healthcare provider services
  • Home Health Services
  • Mental Health Outpatient services
  • Occupational and Physical therapy
  • Transplants and immunosuppressive drugs
  • Travel health needs
  • Urgently needed care

Tests

Part B covers these tests:

  • EKG screening
  • Hearing and balance tests
  • Laboratory Services
  • Tests not included in laboratory services
Equipment

Part B also covers medically necessary equipment:

  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure therapy
  • Defibrillator
  • Diabetes equipment, including supplies and shoes
  • Durable medical equipment
  • Eyeglasses after cataract surgery
  • Kidney Dialysis and supplies
  • Prosthetics and Orthotics
  • Surgical dressings