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Cardiac rehabilitation

Medicare covers comprehensive programs that include exercise, education, and counseling for patients who meet at least one of these conditions:


  • A heart attack in the last 12 months
  • Coronary artery bypass surgery 
  • Current stable angina pectoris (chest pain)
  • A heart valve repair or replacement
  • A coronary angioplasty (a medical procedure used to open a blocked artery) or coronary stenting (a procedure used to keep an artery open) 
  • A heart or heart-lung transplant

Medicare also covers intensive cardiac rehabilitation programs that are typically more rigorous or more intense than regular cardiac rehabilitation programs. Services are covered in a doctor’s office or hospital outpatient setting. You pay 20% of the Medicare -approved amount if you get the services in a doctor’s office. In a hospital outpatient setting, you also pay the hospital a copayment . The Part B deductible applies.

Source:  Medicare & You 2017

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