Are INR meters covered by Medicare?


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As of 2015, Medicare does cover International Normalized Ratio, or INR, meters for patients who meet specific requirements and have a diagnosis that justifies the item, notes the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The patient needs to have a diagnosis of venous thromboembolism, a hypercoagulable state, atrial fibrillation, pulmonary embolism, a mechanical heart valve or deep vein thrombosis, states PTINR.

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In addition to having a qualified diagnosis, the Medicare patient needs to show evidence of being able to use the device effectively on his or her own or with help from a caregiver; training is also required. Furthermore, the person needs to have taken a type of warfarin drug for 3 months, notes the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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