DURABLE MEDICAL AND ADAPTIVE EQUIPMENT
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Medicare Part B helps to pay for many items of medical equipment and supplies that help you function — for example, wheelchairs, artificial limbs, pacemakers, commode chairs, hospital beds, appliances to help breathing, neck and back braces, oxygen supplies and many more. The equipment must be durable (long-lasting). With only a few exceptions, Medicare doesn’t cover disposable items.
To qualify for Medicare coverage, the equipment or supplies must be:
- Medically necessary for you — not just convenient
- Prescribed by a doctor, a nurse practitioner or another primary care professional
- Not easily used by anyone who isn’t ill or injured
- Reusable and likely to last for three years or more
- Appropriate for use within the home
- Provided by suppliers that Medicare has approved
For some items — such as oxygen equipment or a seat lift to help you get into and out of a chair — Medicare requires a doctor to fill out and sign a certificate of medical necessity; without it, Medicare will deny coverage.
Medical equipment is most often rented, but some items may be purchased. Either way, you must get it from a Medicare-approved supplier. To find approved suppliers in your area, go to the supplier directory on Medicare’s website at https://www.medicare.gov/supplierdirectory/search.html.
If you are in the original Medicare program, Medicare pays 80 percent of the cost of covered equipment and supplies and you’re responsible for the remaining 20 percent, unless you have additional insurance (such as Medigap) that covers this cost.
Here at Home of Mine, we can provide adaptive or durable medical equipment related to mobility and activities of daily living. We are not authorized Medicare suppliers so any equipment we provide to you would not be covered by insurance. However, if you are eligible for covered services we can refer to authorized providers.
- Help you decide what mobility device is best suited for your needs.
- Provide the equipment for you to trial and assess which type of device best supports you within your home.
- Measure and adjust the equipment to fit you best
- Offer equipment and devices for cash purchase
In addition to common items such as bed rails, walkers, and commodes, we also provide:
- Walker skis
- Walker bags
- Walker and wheelchair cup holders
- Adaptive dressing equipment (sock-aid, reacher, extended shoe horn)
- Tactile markers for low vision
- Elastic shoe laces
- Button hooks
- Dining equipment
We can provide recommendations for adaptive clothing and shoes. We can also provide medical justification for specialty complex rehab equipment on a case by case basis.