Will Medicare stop paying for Wheelchairs, Scooters, Walkers, and Canes?
Have you thought about what would happen if Medicare quit paying for ambulatory products like Walkers, Wheelchairs, Scooters, and Canes? It's a scary thought isn't it, but one that's not totally unfounded.
As we posted back on December 11th on our Facebook page, (you do Like our Facebook page, right?), Medicare audited a medical supply store in Tennessee and 22 disabled patients' wheelchairs had to be taken back. Of course because of the rules, Medicare requires that the wheelchairs be delivered to the patients before the claims can be filed (this crazy rule goes back decades), so the supplier couldn't have known they wouldn't be reimbursed until after the wheelchairs were out of their hands. It's backwards government at its best.
And did you hear the one about The SCOOTER Store? You've probably seen the commercials on tv selling any and every senior citizen or mobility challenged person a motorized scooter. Well Medicare didn't like that. For Medicare to pay, the scooters must be medically necessary and copious prescriptions, medical records, etc must be procured by the medical supply company before sending out these products. It looks like The SCOOTER Store wasn't doing their part and selling products to patients who didn't really need them, and then having Medicare foot the bills.
So on all sides of the spectrum, Medicare is trying to keep you, the patient, with products that you need without being taken advantage of. And that's where the problem lies because the rules determining compliance are often vague so that the honest vendors and the dishonest vendors can bend the rules to their needs and have legitimate arguments either way.
The way around this is by buying your own ambulatory products. That way it is yours and it can't be taken back from you. You can pick the style, color, accessories that you like and not have to settle for the dusty, old drugstore walker that just happens to be the only one in stock.
Finnegan Medical Supply sells a wide variety of Ambulatory Devices at a great price saving your Medicare dollars for other items that are difficult or too expensive to buy out of pocket.