Inpatient Hospital Care

Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) covers inpatient hospital care when all of these are true:

  • You’re admitted to the hospital as an inpatient after an official doctor’s order, which says you need inpatient hospital care to treat your illness or injury.
  • The hospital accepts Medicare.
  • In certain cases, the Utilization Review Committee of the hospital approves your stay while you’re in the hospital.

Inpatient hospital care includes care within:

  • Acute care hospitals
  • Critical access hospitals
  • Inpatient rehabilitation facilities
  • Inpatient psychiatric facilities
  • Long-term care hospitals
  • Inpatient care as part of a qualifying clinical research study

What are my costs?

  • Semi-private rooms
  • Meals
  • General nursing
  • Drugs as part of your inpatient treatment
  • Other hospital services and supplies

What's covered?

  • Semi-private rooms
  • Meals
  • General nursing
  • Drugs as part of your inpatient treatment
  • Other hospital services and supplies

What's not covered?

  • Private-duty nursing
  • Private room (unless medically necessary )
  • Television and phone in your room (if there’s a separate charge for these items)
  • Personal care items, like razors or slipper socks

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