May 24 2011

How does healthcare reform affect Medicare and power wheelchairs?

Category: Medical Supplies

Answer:

Power WheelchairEven with recent changes in healthcare coverage, Medicare still provides reimbursement for a power wheelchair as long as it is medically necessary for the user. However, Medicare now requires the power chair to be rented over a period of 13 months, with monthly billing for co-payments and deductibles. At the end of the 13-month period, complete ownership of the power wheelchair is given to the beneficiary. It is important to note that insurance coverage depends on medical necessity as determined by the insurer and a doctor’s diagnosis. The purchase and use of an electric wheelchair requires a valid doctor’s prescription before Medicare will consider the claim. More information concerning the new healthcare reform act and power wheelchair reimbursement can be found at Hoveround.


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