Mississippi

Medicare Part B

Authored By: North Mississippi Rural Legal Services LSC Funded

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Medicare Part B

  1. What services does Medicare Part B cover?
  2. What are the Medicare Part B premium/deductible amounts for 2003?
  3. What is the patient's co-pay for Part B Medicare?
  4. How many physicians office visits are allowed under Medicare?

What services does Medicare Part B cover?

Medicare Part B covers physician services, out-patient hospital care, physical therapy, ambulance trips, durable medical equipment, prostheses and some home health care.

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What are the Medicare Part B premium/deductible amounts for 2003?

The Part B premium is $58.70/month (2003). The Part B deductible is $100/year (2003).

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What is the patient's co-pay for Part B Medicare?

The Patient's co-payment for Part B (out-of-pocket expense) is 20%. If medical providers charge more than the Medicare approved charge, the out of pocket expense can be higher. Medicare pays an amount determined to be a reasonable charge. Physicians can impose excess charges above the reasonable charge. The current limitation on the excess charges is 115% of the Medicare reasonable charge. Some doctors accept the Medicare approved charge.

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How many physicians office visits are allowed under Medicare?

There is no limit on the number of physicians visits and other services provided under Medicare Part B as long as the services are medically necessary.

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