Part B (Medical Insurance)

Part B covers a wider range of medical services than Part A. We will cover a list of some common covered services with a short description of each service.

Abdominal aortic aneurysm screening

An abdominal aortic aneurysm occurs when an area of the aorta becomes very large or balloons out. Medicare covers a one-time screening abdominal aortic aneurysm ultrasound for people at risk. A referral from your doctor or other practitioner is required. You will pay nothing for the screening if the doctor or other provider accepts assignment (an agreement by your doctor, provider or supplier to be paid directly by Medicare, to accept the payment amount Medicare approves for the service, and not to bill you for any more than the Medicare deductible and coinsurance).

 

Ambulance services

Medicare covers ground ambulance transportation when medically necessary. If you need immediate and rapid ambulance transportation which cannot be provided by ground transportation Medicare may pay for emergency ambulance transportation in an airplane or helicopter.

 

Blood

In the case of a blood transfusion, if the provider can obtain blood from a blood bank at no charge, then you will not have to pay for it and you will not have to replace it.  A co-payment for the blood processing and handling services for each unit of blood applies, as well as the Part B deductible. If there was a cost associated with acquiring the blood, you will have to pay for the first three units or you will need to have the blood donated by someone else. You will only have to pay for the first three units in any calendar year.

 

Bone mass measurement

This test is covered once every two years or more often if medically-necessary for those individuals with certain medical conditions or meet certain criteria. This test assesses your vulnerability for breaking bones.