Why Aren't My Patients' Bone Density Studies Covered by Medicare?

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) created a National Coverage Determination (NCD) policy for bone density studies. It can be challenging to navigate through the NCD instructions and list of covered diagnoses. Unfortunately, Bone Density Studies are one of the most frequently non-covered tests, resulting in patients receiving bills. The good news is that Medicare generally will cover this study if it is ordered with the appropriate documentation. You can avoid your patient receiving a bill if you follow these documentation tips: