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are blood pressure monitors covered by medicare

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

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.

Medicare Part B pays 80 percent of the Medicare-approved amount for rental of a covered blood pressure monitoring device; the patient is responsible for the remaining 20 percent.

Warning: If a blood pressure monitor is rented from what’s called a Medicare “participating supplier,” the supplier can’t charge more than the Medicare-approved amount. However, a supplier who’s enrolled in Medicare but isn’t an officially participating supplier may charge more than the Medicare-approved amount. In that case, the patient must personally pay the difference between the Medicare-approved amount and the amount the supplier actually charges (on top of the 20 percent of the Medicare-approved amount that Medicare doesn’t pay).