Your Medicare Coverage
Is my test, item, or service covered?
Cardiac rehabilitation programs
How often is it covered?
Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation (CR) programs that include exercise, education, and counseling. Part B also covers intensive cardiac rehabilitation (ICR) programs that, like regular CR programs, include exercise, education, and counseling. ICR programs are typically more rigorous or more intense that CR programs. These programs may be provided in a hospital outpatient setting (including a critical access hospital (CAH)) or a doctor's office.
People with Part B are covered. You must have had at least one of these conditions:
- A heart attack in the last 12 months
- Coronary artery bypass surgery
- Current stable angina pectoris
- A heart valve repair or replacement
- A coronary angioplasty or coronary stent
- A heart or heart-lung transplant
- Stable chronic heart failure
ICR programs are also covered if:
- Your doctor orders it
- You've had any of the conditions listed above (except stable chronic heart failure which applies only to CR programs)
Your costs in Original Medicare
To find out how much your test, item, or service will cost, talk to your doctor or 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
- Where you get your test, item, or service
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. Ask questions so you understand why your doctor is recommending certain services and whether Medicare will pay for them.