Are INR Meters Covered by Medicare?

Are INR Meters Covered by Medicare?

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.

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.