Medicare Does Not Cover Incontinence, Bath Safety Products
Are you shocked to hear that two of the most commonly used products by people older than 60 are not covered by Medicare?
Medicare Part B, the medical supply coverage, states that medical and preventative services that diagnose or treat a medical condition are covered, but, if you search for what is covered, you will see that incontinence and bath safety products are not. As medical suppliers we're constantly answering questions about what is and what isn't covered by Medicare. More often than not, we have to bear the bad news that: "No, Medicare does not cover incontinence or bath safety products."
It always surprises us that so few medical professionals relay this information to their patients (if they even knew it themselves). So, let's talk about this for a minute and try to clear up some of the confusion.
- Incontinence products are not covered by Medicare. This includes: adult diapers, pull-ups, disposable underwear, briefs, chux, bedpads, bladder pads, and and washable, reusable materials.
- Bath safety products are excluded, as well. This includes things like: transfer benches, bath chairs, shower chairs, bedside commodes, commode lifts, bath hand rails, toilet rails, shower sprayers, or anything else that is considered a bathroom product (no matter where you actually end up using it).
If you are a person wading through second-hand stories and anecdotes about "who got what product covered by their insurance and when," all of this can be overwhelming. It also applies if you are a caregiver just trying to keep your loved one from having bladder accidents or bathroom falls. A good supplier will know the answers to your questions about what is covered by insurance and what is not. Discount medical supplies are for sale all over the internet. Be sure you pick a supplier who has been in the business long enough to know these answers, as well as be able to have the products you order available to ship. After all, what good is ordering something if it never arrives!
SuLauren Wilson is the founder of Finnegan Medical Supply, an online medical supply store based in Little Rock, Ark. She blogs regularly on issues affecting the company’s patients. Although, she has many years of experience in the healthcare industry, she is not a licensed medical professional, and the content of her posts should not be considered medical advice.