Medicare only covers chiropractic care services for manipulations to correct a misaligned spine. But, if you need care for a stiff neck or back pain, you can expect to pay for those services yourself. In the content below, we’ll go over when chiropractic care has coverage, how much care costs, and Medicare guidelines for services.
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Does Medicare Cover Chiropractic Care?
Manual manipulation of the spine by a chiropractor has coverage if it is medically necessary to correct a “subluxation.” Subluxation is a medical term for the misalignment of the spine.
You’ll need an official diagnosis as well as a qualified chiropractor to have this treatment covered by Medicare. When Medicare does cover chiropractic care, those services will fall under Medicare Part B.
What Chiropractic Treatments Will Medicare Not Cover?
Medicare doesn’t cover a visit to the chiropractor for reasons not deemed medically necessary. If you see a chiropractor for spine manipulation, you should be aware that Medicare won’t pay for it.
For example, Medicare won’t cover x-rays or acupuncture with a chiropractor’s orders. But, you’ll have coverage for the actual chiropractic treatment as long as you show improvement.
Medicare Guidelines for Chiropractic Documentation
A treatment plan should include a recommendation for the duration and frequency of visits. Also, the program should consist of specific treatment goals, objective measures to evaluate treatment effectiveness, and the date of initial treatment.
Do Medicare Advantage Plans Pay for Chiropractic Services?
Some Medicare Part C plans may include coverage for chiropractic treatments for a range of conditions. Every Advantage plan is different; look at your explanation of benefits to see what your policy covers. Not all Medicare Advantage plans will offer chiropractic coverage.
Do Medicare Supplement Plans Offer Coverage for Chiropractic Services?
Medicare Supplement plans (Medigap) cover the same services and procedures as Medicare. Medigap doesn’t include extra coverage beyond Medicare. However, Medigap plans can help with out-of-pocket costs such as coinsurance. If Medicare covers a Chiropractic service, your Medigap plan will pay its portion.