Alcohol misuse screening & counseling


Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers this screening once per year.

Who’s eligible?

Adults with Medicare (including pregnant women) who use alcohol, but don’t meet the medical criteria for alcohol dependency can get the screening. If your primary care doctor determines you’re misusing alcohol, you can get 4 brief face-to-face counseling sessions per year (if you’re competent and alert during counseling). A qualified primary care doctor or other primary care practitioner must provide the counseling in a primary care setting (like a doctor’s office).
Your costs in Original Medicare
You pay nothing if the qualified primary care doctor or other primary care practitioner accepts assignment.