Your Medicare Coverage

Is my test, item, or service covered?

Mental health care (partial hospitalization)

How often is it covered?

Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers partial hospitalization in some cases. Partial hospitalization is a structured program of outpatient psychiatric services provided to patients as an alternative to inpatient psychiatric care. It’s more intense than the care you get in a doctor’s or therapist’s office. This type of treatment is provided during the day and doesn’t require an overnight stay. Medicare helps cover partial hospitalization services when they’re provided through a hospital outpatient department or community mental health center. As part of your partial hospitalization program, Medicare may cover occupational therapy that’s part of your mental health treatment and/or individual patient training and education about your condition. 

Medicare only covers partial hospitalization if the doctor and the partial hospitalization program accept assignment.

Medicare doesn't cover:

  • Meals
  • Transportation to or from mental health care services
  • Support groups that bring people together to talk and socialize. (This is different from group psychotherapy, which is covered.)
  • Testing or training for job skills that isn't part of your mental health treatment.

Who's eligible?

For Medicare to cover a partial hospitalization program, you must meet certain requirements, and your doctor must certify that you would otherwise need inpatient treatment.

Your costs in Original Medicare

You pay a percentage of the Medicare-approved amount for each service you get from a doctor or certain other qualified mental health professionals if your health care professional accepts assignment. You also pay coinsurance for each day of partial hospitalization services provided in a hospital outpatient setting or community mental health center, and the Part B deductible applies.

Note

To find out how much your specific test, item, or service will cost, talk to your doctor or other health care provider. The specific amount you’ll owe may depend on several things, like other insurance you may have, how much your doctor charges, whether your doctor accepts assignment, the type of facility, and the location where you get your test, item, or service.

Note

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.

Related resources

Note

If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255). TTY users should call 1-800-799-4TTY (1-800-799-4889). You can call and speak with a counselor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Call 911 if you're in immediate medical crisis.

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