Your Medicare Coverage
Is my test, item, or service covered?
How often is it covered?
Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers one depression screening per year.
All people with Part B are covered.
The screening must be done in a primary care setting (like a doctor's office) that can provide follow-up treatment and/or referrals, if needed.
Your costs in Original Medicare
You pay nothing for this screening if the doctor accepts assignment.
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.