Will Medicare Cover Help for Back Pain?
Back pain is a common problem among older adults in the United States. Because of this, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has added more coverage in recent years that assists with covering back pain treatments.
What kind of back pain treatments are covered by Medicare?
Medicare will cover a list of non-surgical or minimally invasive treatments and even some required surgeries. Each part of Medicare will cover their respective treatments for back pain, and the costs have many factors that go into them. Even though Medicare has expanded its coverage of back pain, some more invasive treatments can still be difficult to get. Medicare may require treatments to be medically necessary before it is covered. This means they may require your pain to be at a certain level for a while. It could also mean they might make you try less invasive treatments first; if they fail, they will cover further treatment.
What Are the Non-Surgical Treatments Medicare Covers?
Medicare covers most common treatments and has even expanded the coverage in recent years. Below is a chart showing which common back pain treatments are covered by the different parts of Medicare.
What Are the Surgical Treatments Medicare Covers?
Medicare may cover surgeries for back pain but often require less invasive treatment to be tried and unsuccessful first. When it comes to surgery, Medicare looks at it as a last resort and wants it to be medically necessary to cover it.
Always speak with your physicians and surgeons if you suspect you may need surgery to ensure your back pain treatments are covered. Seniorstar Insurance Group can help you get the right Medicare coverage for your needs. Call us for a free, no-obligation review of your coverage today!