Depression screening

Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance)  covers one depression screening per year. 

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: 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.

Your costs in Original Medicare

If your doctor accepts assignment , you pay nothing for the screening. Your screening must occur in a primary care setting (like a doctor's office) that can provide follow-up treatment and/or referrals.

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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 if, or how much, Medicare will pay for them.

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