Does Medicare pay for Chiropractic Exams?

Steven Mott by Steven Mott | Licensed since 2012

This article was updated on: 09/10/2018

Original Medicare offers limited coverage for chiropractic services, such as chiropractic exams. You may need to pay the full cost of any X-rays, lab tests, or other services ordered by a chiropractor.

Does Medicare pay for chiropractic exams

Medicare covers manipulation of the spine if medically necessary to correct a subluxation (when one or more of the bones of the spine move out of position) when provided by a chiropractor or other qualified provider. A common technique used to reduce symptoms or correct the condition is manipulating or adjusting the spine. This treatment might be covered under Medicare Part B if it’s medically necessary and delivered by a Medicare-assigned provider. You usually pay 20 percent of the amount approved by Original Medicare, and the Medicare Part B deductible applies.

Does Medicare Advantage pay for chiropractic exams

Although Medicare coverage of chiropractic services is limited, some Medicare Advantage plans cover benefits beyond Original Medicare. You may be able to find a plan that covers additional chiropractic services, although this will depend on availability in your location.

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