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Are home hospital beds covered by Medicare?

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Medicare Part B covers hospital beds and other durable medical equipment for use at home. For Medicare to cover it, an item must be medically necessary, and a doctor must prescribe it. Also, a medical equipment provider officially approved by Medicare must be the supplier of the equipment.

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Medicare covers as much as 80 percent of the approved rental amount. After meeting the yearly Part B deductible, the patient pays the remaining costs out of pocket or through a Medigap or other insurance policy. Medicare Part B is the part of the program that covers doctor bills and other outpatient costs.

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