Medicare Part B does cover diagnostic X-rays if your doctor or another health care provider determines they are medically necessary.
After you meet your yearly Medicare Part B deductible ($233 in 2022), you will typically pay 20 percent of the Medicare-approved amount for the X-ray.
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There are two terms that may be helpful to know to better understand how Medicare pays for X-rays.
As mentioned above, if your X-ray is determined to be medically necessary, you will pay 20 percent of the Medicare-approved amount.
Medicare Part B may help cover some additional services related to your bone health and other health conditions that result in an X-ray.
Part B will cover bone mass measurements once every 24 months (or more often if necessary) if you have an increased risk of osteoporosis.
If your X-rays show that you have possible osteoporosis, vertebral fractures or osteopenia, Medicare Part B will cover your bone mass measurements in full, as long as your doctor accepts Medicare assignment.
Medicare Part B does not cover X-rays if they are ordered by a chiropractor. Your X-rays are only covered by Medicare when they are ordered by a medical doctor or other health care provider for diagnostic purposes.
Medicare Part B does cover some chiropractic services. Specifically, Medicare will help cover manual manipulation of your spine if it is medically necessary in treatment of a subluxation (when a bone or bones in your spine are out of position).
If you have a Medicare Advantage plan (Medicare Part C), your X-rays will be covered in exactly the same way as someone with Original Medicare (Medicare Part A and Part B).
A Medicare Advantage plan covers the same benefits offered by Original Medicare. Many Medicare Advantage plans can also offer additional benefits not covered by Original Medicare.
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