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are blood pressure cuffs covered by medicare

A blood pressure monitor (“cuff”) or an ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) device, for use at home by a patient

Blood pressure monitors for use at home aren’t covered by Medicare, with two exceptions:

A blood pressure monitor and stethoscope for a patient receiving blood dialysis (hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis) in the home

An ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) device, which takes and stores blood pressure readings in 24-hour cycles, for a patient who, a physician believes, has “white coat hypertension” (artificially high blood pressure readings when taken in a doctor’s office) based on repeated in-office and out-of-office testing

If covered, Medicare Part B pays for the rental of the blood pressure monitoring device. The monitor must be rented from a Medicare-certified medical equipment supplier.

Medicare Part C Medicare Advantage plans, also called Medicare Advantage plans, must cover everything that’s included in original Medicare Part A and Part B coverage. But sometimes a Part C plan covers more, with extra services or an expanded amount of coverage. (Co-payments for Part C plans may also be different than those for Part A or Part B.) To find out whether your plan provides extra coverage or requires different co-payments for a blood pressure monitor, contact the plan directly.