helps pay for these outpatient mental health services:
- One depression screening per year. The screening must be done in a primary care doctor’s office or primary care clinic that can provide follow-up treatment and referrals.
- Individual and group psychotherapy with doctors (or with certain other licensed professionals, as the state where you get the services allows).
- Family counseling, if the main purpose is to help with your treatment.
- Testing to find out if you’re getting the services you need and if your current treatment is helping you.
- Psychiatric evaluation.
- Medication management.
- Certain prescription drugs that aren’t usually “self administered” (drugs you would normally take on your own), like some injections.
- Diagnostic tests.
- Partial hospitalization.
- A one-time “Welcome to Medicare” preventive visit. This visit includes a review of your possible risk factors for depression.
- A yearly “Wellness” visit. Talk to your doctor or other health care provider about changes in your mental health since your last visit.
Part B also covers outpatient mental health services for treatment of substance abuse.
Mental health services help diagnose and treat people with mental health disorders, like depression and anxiety. These visits are often called counseling or psychotherapy.
Part B covers mental health services and visits with these types of health professionals:
- Psychiatrist or other doctors
- Clinical psychologists
- Clinical social workers
- Clinical nurse specialists
- Nurse practitioners
- Physician assistants
Medicare only covers the visits if you get them from a health care provider who accepts
Part B covers outpatient mental health services, including services that are usually provided outside a hospital, in these types of settings:
- A doctor’s or other health care provider's office
- A hospital outpatient department
- A community mental health center