Medicare Part A benefits include surgeries, lab tests and doctor visits, as stated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. In addition to these services, Part A also covers supplies, such as diabetic testing kits and needles.
Medicare Part A also covers nursing home services, hospice, mental health and home health care. In most instances, a medical provider, such as a doctor or pharmacist, can help determine whether or not a medical expense is covered by Part A. Services, such as physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech-language pathology services, are also covered. Some services provided through have stipulations that must be met to be covered. For instance, skilled nursing is covered only after the patient has stayed in a hospital on an inpatient basis. The stay must have lasted for at least 3 days. The skilled nursing care that is provided is limited to certain services, such as medical supplies needed, dietary counseling, rehabilitation services and social services.
Medicare also offers a list of services, tests and items that are covered by Part A. The services and items that Part A covers is determined by state and federal laws. On a local level, medical companies make decision on whether a service is medically necessary and should be covered by Medicare.