Does Medicare Cover Hip injections
The quick answer is yes, Medicare covers hip injections! With any injections, not just for the hip, Traditional Medicare provides coverage for what is considered conservative treatment.
Whether your hip injection is performed at a physician’s office or an outpatient surgery center, Medicare Part B benefits will pick up coverage.
If you’re hospitalized and a hip injection is performed in the hospital where you are staying, then your Medicare Part A benefits provide coverage for the procedure.
Whether using your outpatient benefits with Medicare Part B or your inpatient Medicare Part A benefits, Medicare pays at 80% for any injection based treatments.
This leaves the Medicare insured individual left financially responsible for the remaining 20% not covered by straight Medicare.
Benefits of Hip Injections
As we age, our body deteriorates over time. One of the major causes of age related pain is arthritis and inflammation.
When the hip joint becomes riddled with arthritis or affected by bursitis (inflammation in the fluid filled sac cushioning the joint), simple daily activities such as laying down to sleep, exercising or going grocery shopping can be painful.
So what can be done you ask? A simple cortisone injection can be performed by your healthcare provider. This will help alleviate some of the symptoms for your condition.
Whether the injection is performed directly into the greater trochanteric bursa which is affected by bursitis or or directly into the joint (intra-articularly) the desired results are the same.
Cortisone will decrease inflammation at the affected site and in turn will then decrease the pain.
These types of injections can be performed safely every few months. In some cases, you get extended relief and will never need a procedure again.
Coupled with other conservative treatments such as physical therapy, heat/ice and OTC NSAIDs, injections can help eliminate the need for surgical intervention altogether.
Why Choose an Injection Over Surgery
Other than pain relief, another added benefit of having hip injections is to avoid a painful surgery like a hip replacement. As with any surgical procedures, there is always risk.
Coupled with the recovery time and post-op pain, most patients opt to push off surgery as long as possible. And while this sounds like an easy thing to do, living in pain can be quite debilitating and also frustrating.
And while it’s considered a procedure itself, an injection is obviously a faster way to obtain relief. The recovery process is not bad at all and it’s also way less risky. Having a cortisone injection can help you get back to normal. So you can start performing your usual acts of daily living.
How to Get More Help with Covering your Hip Injections
As previously discussed, regardless of which Medicare plan is used the coverage is the same, only 80%. And while 20% doesn’t seem like a big amount left over to pay, with most seniors being on a fixed income, that 20% can easily add up.
Keep in mind procedures can cost hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars. So that once seemingly small 20% can easily end up costing you a pretty penny for pain relief.
But seniors, don’t be weary! You can easily get some assistance with the out of pocket costs (OOP) by obtaining a Medicare Supplement Plan. The benefit of a Medicare Supplement Plan is the sole purpose of this insurance policy is to provide extra coverage for those costs not covered by straight Medicare.
These plans help with deductibles, copays and coinsurance and can end up saving you thousands of dollars each year.
There are a variety of plans available, and depending on you individual healthcare needs, we can help tailor the most comprehensive insurance package. Our insurance agents are available to answer any questions you may have and can also help compare rates. Help is just a call or click away!
Fast Facts Regarding Cortisone
A few quick facts regarding cortisone injections:
- Corticosteroids are powerful anti-inflammatory medications.
- Cortisone injections can offer fast-acting relief of inflamed muscles, joints, tendons, and bursa.
- Complications are rare but may include infection and bleeding.
- When administered by an expert, cortisone injections offer significant pain relief from inflammation with only minimal discomfort.