Does Medicare Cover Bone Mass Measurement (Bone Density)?

Some procedures and treatments are vitally necessary in order to continue living a normal and regular life and one of those types of procedures or treatments is bone mass measurement. These tests can be vitally important and will help to identify potential issues that could cause major health issues down the line.

Medicare Part B covers bone mass measurement ordered by a doctor or qualified practitioner if you meet one or more of the following conditions:

• You’re at clinical risk for osteoporosis, based on your medical history and other findings.

Men and Women
• Your X-rays show possible osteoporosis, osteopenia, or vertebrae fractures.
• You’re on prednisone or steroid-type drugs or are planning to begin such treatment.
• You have been diagnosed with primary hyperparathyroidism.
• You’re being monitored to see if your osteoporosis drug therapy is working. The test is covered once every 24 months for qualified individuals and more often if medically necessary.

Starting January 1, 2011, YOU pay $0 for this test if the doctor accepts assignment, and the Part B deductible doesn’t apply.

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