Does Medicare Cover Chiropractic Care?
Medicare does not cover chiropractic. Medicare pays for treatment of back problems when there is a diagnosis of a back condition. This means that Medicare does not cover chiropractic care for a back problem.
Medicare does cover chiropractic care when it is used as an alternative to surgery for a back problem. In other words, Medicare will pay for a chiropractic adjustment to see if it will help a back problem get better. Medicare will not pay for chiropractic care if a physician has already diagnosed you with a back problem.
Is it necessary to see a medical doctor before visiting a chiropractor?
There is no need to see a medical doctor before seeing a chiropractor. People often see a medical doctor to receive a medical diagnosis for a back problem. It is not necessary to see a medical doctor first.
Why would someone choose to see a chiropractor before a physician?
Chiropractic care is a very safe and effective way to treat pain and improve the function of the back. Many people are referred to a chiropractor before seeing a physician when the problem is neck or back pain.
If a person has a medical diagnosis from a physician with a back problem, Medicare may pay for chiropractic care. This means that Medicare will pay for chiropractic care for a back problem.
A person with a back problem can see a chiropractor first and then see a physician if the chiropractic care is not enough to relieve the pain or improve the function of the back. Usually, a person who visits a chiropractor for a problem that is not completely relieved after a few visits will see an improvement in the pain and function of the back.
If a person sees a chiropractor first for pain or other symptoms of a back problem, and the chiropractor feels that a physician is needed, the chiropractor can refer the patient to a physician.
What does Medicare cover for chiropractic care?
Medicare Part A will pay for chiropractic care if the chiropractor agrees to use the services of an Office of Medicare contractor (usually a physician who receives Medicare funds) who will fill out a Medicare claim form for the patient. Medicare Part A does not pay for chiropractic care when a patient goes directly to a chiropractor and the chiropractor bills Medicare directly for the services. Medicare Part B will pay for chiropractic care if the patient has a Medicare approved condition such as a back problem.
Are there any questions I should ask my chiropractor before I make an appointment?
Chiropractors are health professionals. As with any health professional, patients should talk to the chiropractor about how the chiropractor will treat the patient and the cost of the treatment.
How much does chiropractic care cost?
The cost of chiropractic care varies according to geographic location, insurance coverage, and the type of treatment. Chiropractic care is usually less expensive than medical care for back problems.
What is my responsibility as a patient?
Patients should carefully review all information provided by the chiropractor. This information will be provided to the patient in writing. It will include a description of the treatment, the length of treatment, the costs of the treatment, and the terms and conditions of treatment. Patients may also want to ask other questions of the chiropractor.
Do I need to see a chiropractor for a long time?
A person may see a chiropractor for a short time and then be able to stop treatment. Other patients may need to continue treatment for a long time. The length of treatment depends on the severity of the problem to be treated, the overall health of the patient, and the response to treatment. Patients should discuss the length of treatment with their chiropractor.
Will I need to repeat treatments or come back to the chiropractor for follow-up visits?
It depends on the problem being treated. If the chiropractor has treated a patient for a short time and the patient is not improving, the chiropractor should re-evaluate the patient. Patients who are not improving after a long period of treatment should probably see the chiropractor more often for more treatments.
Will I have x-rays taken during treatment?
It depends on the type of treatment that is needed. Some types of treatment, such as x-ray and electrical stimulation, require x-rays. Chiropractors follow strict standards in x-ray procedures. When x-rays are needed, the chiropractor should explain the need for x-rays and the benefits of having x-rays taken.
Who can I contact if I need to talk to someone about my treatment?
Chiropractors should have a written policy for handling complaints that patients may have. Patients should ask the chiropractor about this policy.
Will I need to sign any forms before I can get treatment?
Chiropractors must have patients sign a form called a "patient consent form." This form will list all the treatments that the chiropractor will provide. These forms can be lengthy and include many details. Patients should carefully read and understand the form so that they know what they are agreeing to. They should ask questions if they have any questions before signing the form.
What if I have a problem after my treatment?
Patients should check with their chiropractor about the steps the chiropractor will take to find out about any problems that occur after treatment. If patients have problems or questions about treatment, they should feel comfortable asking their chiropractor about the problem or question.
What should I do if a chiropractor makes a recommendation for treatment that I do not want or need?
Patients should remember that chiropractors are health professionals who have a responsibility to provide the best possible care to patients. Patients should feel comfortable talking to their chiropractor about any questions or concerns they have about treatment. If a patient does not understand something or has a question about treatment, the patient should not hesitate to ask.
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