Your Medicare Coverage
Is my test, item, or service covered?
Blood processing & handling
How often is it covered?
Hospitals generally charge for blood processing and handling for every unit of blood you get, whether the blood is donated or purchased. Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) covers this service for an inpatient. Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers this service for an outpatient.
All people with Medicare are covered.
Your costs in Original Medicare
You pay a copayment for blood processing and handling services for every unit of blood you get as a hospital outpatient.
Your doctor or other health care provider may recommend you get services more often than Medicare covers. Or, they may recommend services that Medicare doesn’t cover. If this happens, you may have to pay some or all of the costs. It’s important to ask questions so you understand why your doctor is recommending certain services and whether Medicare will pay for them.