Defibrillator (implantable automatic)

Defibrillator (implantable automatic)

How often is it covered?

Medicare covers implantable defibrillators for certain people diagnosed with heart failure. 

 pays if the surgery takes place in a hospital inpatient setting. 

 pays if the surgery takes place in a hospital outpatient setting.

Who's eligible?

Certain people with Medicare, who are diagnosed with heart failure, are covered.

Your costs in Original Medicare

You pay 20% of the 

 for your doctor’s services. If you get the device as a hospital outpatient, you also pay the hospital a 

. But, the copayment won't be more than the Part A hospital stay 


For surgeries to implant defibrillators in the hospital inpatient setting covered under Part A, see Inpatient hospital care.

If Part B covers the device, the Part B deductible applies. 


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

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