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What will Medicare cover for bone mass measurement?

What will Medicare cover for bone mass measurement?

Medicare covers bone mass measurements to determine whether you are at risk for a fracture (broken bone). People are at risk for fractures because of osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a disease in which your bones become weak. In general, the lower your bone density, the higher your risk is for a fracture. Bone mass measurement test results will help you and your doctor choose the best way to keep your bones strong. How often is it covered? Once every 24 months (more often if medically necessary) For whom? All people with Medicare who are at risk for osteoporosis. Your costs in the Original Medicare Plan? You pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount after the yearly Part B deductible. Are you at risk for osteoporosis? Your risk for osteoporosis increases if you…

  • are age 50 or older
  • are a woman
  • have a family history of broken bones
  • have a personal history of broken bones
  • are White or Asian
  • are small-boned
  • have low body weight (less than about 127 pounds)
  • smoke or drink a lot
  • have a low-calcium diet



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