What Services Does Medicare Part A Cover?Medicare Part A covers the following services:

  •  Inpatient hospital care (see Does Medicare Cover Inpatient Hospital Care?): This is care received after you are formally admitted into a hospital by a physician.
    • You are covered for up to 90 days each benefit period (see What is Considered a Benefit Period?) in a general hospital, plus 60 lifetime reserve says. Medicare also covers up to 190 lifetime days in a Medicare-certified psychiatric hospital.
  •  Skilled nursing facility (SNF) (see Under What Circumstances Does Medicare Cover Skilled Nursing Facility Care?): Medicare covers room, board, and a range of services provided in a SNF, including administrations of medications, tube feedings, and wound care.
    • You are covered for up to 100 days each benefit period if you qualify for coverage. To qualify, you must have spent at least three consecutive days as a hospital inpatient within 30 days of admission to the SNF and need skilled nursing or therapy services.
  •  Home health care (see Under What Circumstances Does Medicare Cover Home Health Care?): Medicare covers services in your home if you are homebound and need skilled care.
    • You are covered for up to 100 days of daily care or an unlimited amount of intermittent care. To qualify for Part A coverage, you must have spent at least three consecutive days as a hospital inpatient within 14 days of receiving home health care.
      • (Note: You can get home health care through Medicare Part B if you do not meet all the requirements for Part A coverage.)
  •  Hospice care (see Under What Circumstances Does Medicare Cover Hospice Care?): This is care you may elect to receive if a provider determines that you are terminally ill.
    • You are covered for as long as your provider certifies you need care.

Read More: What is the Cost of Part A?
Learn About: Does Medicare Cover Inpatient Hospital Care?
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