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Does Medicare cover and or outpatient ECT (electroconvulsive therapy) in IL?

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Does Medicare cover for inpatient and or outpatient ECT (electroconvulsive therapy) in IL?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 2 years ago.
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Yes Medicare covers the ECT treatment outpatient or inpatient as per the indications.
ECT should be deemed medically necessary meeting any of the following criteria:
1. Patient is very depressed not responding to anytidepressant medications.
2. Immediate response is needed to improve the quality of life
3. Major suidial intent
4. Bipolar depresion or mania
Hence, coverage should not be an issue in IL as long as her psychiatrist justifies its necessity.
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