PART B OF MEDICARE

Medicare Supplementary Medical Insurance also referred to as "SMI." Medicare insurance that pays for inpatient hospital stay, care in a skilled nursing facility, home health care, and hospice care.

Part B is the supplementary or "physicians" insurance portion of Medicare. It was established by 1831 of the Title XVIII of the Social Security Act of 1965 as amended, and covers services of physicians/other suppliers, outpatient care, medical equipment and supplies, and other medical services not covered by the hospital insurance part of Medicare.

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