Medicare Coverage of Vitamin D Assay

This is My Kind of Diagnostic Code!

This is My Kind of Diagnostic Code!

What diagnostic code is required to have a Vitamin D assay covered under Medicare. The test resulted in an Rx for 50,000 units of Vitamin D for 12 weeks. My symptoms included peripheral neuropathy and neck pain.




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Vitamin D Diagnostic Codes
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

I would have absolutely no idea what Medicare diagnostic codes for Vitamin D Deficiency would be. It would be a MUCH better idea to call your doctor's office or Medicare office (can you call them? I have no idea).

I try my absolute best to avoid insurance companies, diagnostic codes and the like by simply never needing them!

By practicing PROACTIVE medicine on myself, I find that this works well. The last time I went to the doctor, I ended up with a NORMAL breast exam leading to a NORMAL mammogram that led to a NORMAL ultrasound of the breast.

With all of those normals, my doctor STILL recommended a NEEDLE BIOPSY of the phantom lump in my breast that no one else could find!


No thanks doc. I'll stay away from diagnostic codes and 'well care' checkups. I'll take my Vitamin D Supplements,get plenty of exercise, keep toxins out of my body and I plan on not needing doctors.



Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Health Queen
Functional Medicine Practitioner
Easy Immune Health.com

Vitamin D Medicare Coverage
by: Anonymous

It seems that any prescription vitamin is not covered by Medicare. But I think there's an exception for Vitamin D when it is written using an "Analogs"

See this PDF link:


Medicare Part D




Refer to Page 5 (the last page) which has the following.

Vitamin D Analogs (Calcitriol,
doxercalciferol, paricalcitol, and
dihydrotachsterol)

Hope this helps.

Don't Do It...
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!



Just a reminder, though, that just because it's covered by Medicare doesn't mean that you should blindly take a prescription. In the case of Prescription Vitamin D, it is NOT better- in fact it is worse!

So be sure to read the post above. And I hope that you'll decide to spend the little bit of money on Over the Counter Vitamin D3 Supplements instead of blindly taking the inferior prescription form of Vitamin D just because it's paid for by your insurance.

It's YOUR health and not your insurance company's. YOU need to decide what is best for you. Do your research.


Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune System Queen
Functional Medicine Practitioner
Easy Immune Health.com

Prescription Vitamin D
by: Frank Lyons

I would not call prescription VItamin D inferior. The Over the Counter Vitamin D may be sufficient for some people, but there is a place for 50,000 IU weekly, for some people.

What 'time and place' would that be?
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

I'm glad that YOU wouldn't call prescription vitamin d 'inferior' despite the fact that all of the top vitamin d researchers in the world do. I'm wondering what special knowledge you have that you would share with us so that we know exactly what 'time and place' prescription vitamin d would then become 'superior' because I've not found it.

You can read a summary of some of the research on my Vitamin D3 page. If you have a rebuttal as to why it's superior in some cases, please provide peer reviewed articles, as I have, to back up your statements.

Kerri Knox, RN

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