Pulmonary rehabilitation

Pulmonary rehabilitation

How often is it covered?

Medicare covers a comprehensive pulmonary rehabilitation program if you have moderate to very severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). These services are meant to help you breathe better, make you stronger, and be able to live more independently. These services may be provided in a doctor's office or a hospital outpatient setting that offers pulmonary rehabilitation programs.

Who's eligible?

People with 

 are covered. You must have have a 

 from the doctor treating your chronic respiratory disease.

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.


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