Does Medicare Cover Hip Replacements?

Christian Worstell
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  • Medicare covers hip replacement when deemed medically necessary by your doctor. Learn more about the costs and guidelines for Medicare hip replacement coverage.

Medicare does cover hip replacement as long as a physician confirms the procedure is reasonable and medically necessary and the beneficiary's symptoms haven't improved sufficiently through other treatment methods.

While Medicare covers the costs of this procedure, the beneficiary may still be responsible to pay some of the costs.

What Is a Hip Replacement?

Hip replacement is a surgical procedure in which the natural hip joint is replaced with an artificial joint made of steel and titanium. People may benefit from hip replacement if they're experiencing pain and limited mobility due to injury or conditions including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and bone tumors.

Some surgeons may conduct hip replacement surgery in a hospital, and people spend one to four days recovering in the hospital. Others perform the procedure in an outpatient setting. Complete recovery may take three to six months.

Medicare Coverage for Hip Replacements

Medicare covers hip replacement costs for hospitalization, medical care and medications. Each part of Medicare pays for certain charges incurred in the hip replacement process.

Medicare Part A

Medicare Part A pays for hospital costs, so hip replacements carried out in a hospital setting are covered under Medicare Part A. The procedure must take place in a Medicare-approved hospital. Medicare Part A covers:

  • A semi-private room with a private bath
  • Food
  • Nursing care
  • Medications, such as drugs needed to alleviate pain and inflammation, necessary for the beneficiary's treatment while hospitalized

Medicare Part A covers the first 100 days in a skilled nursing facility in case a beneficiary needs specialized care when recuperating from hip replacement surgery.

Medicare Part B

Medicare Part B helps pay for medical care provided outside the hospital setting. If the hip replacement procedure takes place in an outpatient facility, Medicare Part B helps pay for these charges. Other costs covered under Medicare Part B may include:

  • Preoperative and postoperative doctor visits
  • Imaging tests
  • Blood tests
  • Physical therapy
  • Durable medical equipment, such as a cane or walker

Medicare Part D

Medicare Part D provides coverage for medications a beneficiary needs at home while recovering from hip replacement surgery. These may include:

  • Pain relievers
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Blood thinners
  • Antibiotics

Beneficiary Costs for Hip Replacement

Medicare Part A

Beneficiaries must pay a deductible for each benefit period before Medicare Part A benefits apply. Coinsurance costs may be applicable for beneficiaries with hospitalization periods exceeding 60 days.

Medicare Part B

Medicare Part B pays 80% of the approved amounts for medical care, outpatient care and durable medical equipment after the beneficiary pays an annual deductible. This means that once the beneficiary pays the annual deductible, they're also responsible for paying 20% of the Medicare-approved amount.

Medicare Part D

Each beneficiary selects a Medicare Part D plan annually, choosing the one that best suits their needs. Approved medications, deductibles and copays vary depending upon the plan.

Factors Affecting Beneficiary's Out-of-Pocket Costs

Medicare covers hip replacement, but it doesn't cover the entire cost. The beneficiary is responsible for certain deductibles and copays. However, some beneficiaries have Medicare Supplement (Medigap) plans, and these may help pay for some of the costs Medicare doesn't cover.

Beneficiaries seeking hip replacements should also ensure the doctors and medical facilities they select are Medicare-approved and accept Medicare assignment. Practitioners and facilities not approved by Medicare may charge fees in excess of Medicare's approved amounts, and the beneficiary may be responsible to pay those additional fees.

If you're ready to look for a Medicare Supplement plan that can help pay for your out-of-pocket Medicare costs for hip replacement surgery, you can find plans online or call to speak with a licensed insurance agent.

Christian Worstell
About the Author

Christian Worstell is a senior Medicare and health insurance writer with He is also a licensed health insurance agent. Christian is well-known in the insurance industry for the thousands of educational articles he’s written, helping Americans better understand their health insurance and Medicare coverage.

Christian’s work as a Medicare expert has appeared in several top-tier and trade news outlets including Forbes, MarketWatch, WebMD and Yahoo! Finance.

While at HelpAdvisor, Christian has written hundreds of articles that teach Medicare beneficiaries the best practices for navigating Medicare. His articles are read by thousands of older Americans each month. By better understanding their health care coverage, readers may hopefully learn how to limit their out-of-pocket Medicare spending and access quality medical care.

Christian’s passion for his role stems from his desire to make a difference in the senior community. He strongly believes that the more beneficiaries know about their Medicare coverage, the better their overall health and wellness is as a result.

A current resident of Raleigh, Christian is a graduate of Shippensburg University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. You can find Christian’s most recent articles in our blog.

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