What’s the process for getting Medicare to pay for a wheelchair,electric mobility scooter or power wheelchair? My 76-year-old mother has arthritis in her knees and hips, and has a difficult time getting around anymore.
Getting an electric-powered mobility scooter or wheelchair for your mom that’s covered by original Medicare starts with a visit to her doctor’s office. If eligible, Medicare will pay 80 percent of the cost, after she meets her $147 Part B deductible. She will be responsible for the remaining 20 percent. Here’s a breakdown of how it works.
Make an Appointment Your first step is to call your mom’s doctor and schedule a Medicare required, face-to-face mobility evaluation, to determine her need for a power wheelchair or scooter. For your mom to be eligible, she’ll need to meet all of the following conditions.
If eligible, your mom’s doctor will determine what kind of mobility equipment she’ll need based on her condition, usability in her home, and ability to operate it.
It’s also important to know that Medicare coverage is dependent on your mom needing a scooter or wheelchair in her home. If her claim is based on needing it outside her home, it will be denied as not medically necessary, because the wheelchair or scooter will be considered as a leisure item.
Where to Shop
If the doctor determines your mom needs a power scooter or wheelchair, he or she will fill out a written order or certificate of medical necessity (CMN) form for her. Once she gets that, she’ll need to take it to a Medicare approved supplier within 45 days. If your mother happens to live in one of Medicare’s competitive bidding areas, you’ll need to get her device from specific suppliers approved by Medicare. To find approved suppliers and competitive bidding suppliers in your area, visit medicare.gov/supplier or call 800-633-4227.
Once you choose an approved supplier, they will send a representative to assess your mom’s home measuring her doorways, thresholds and overall space to ensure she gets the appropriate mobility device.
Even if you find she is ineligible there are so many affordable wheelchairs available.
If your mom has a Medicare supplemental policy, it may pick up some, or all of the 20 percent cost of the scooter or wheelchair that’s not covered by Medicare. If, however, she doesn’t have supplemental insurance, and can’t afford the 20 percent, she may be able to get help through Medicare Savings Programs. Call your local Medicaid office for eligibility information.
Or, if you find that your mom is not eligible for a Medicare covered scooter or wheelchair, and she can’t afford to purchase one, renting can be a much cheaper short-term solution. Talk to a supplier about this option.
For more information, call Medicare at 800-633-4227 and request a copy of publication #11046 “Medicare’s Wheelchair and Scooter Benefit.”
Lightweight Wheelchair materials and 3-D printing give Team USA an edge at this year’s Paralympic Games in Rio.
The U.S. Paralympic team is flush with heroes. There’s Jessica Long, 24, the swimmer who had her legs amputated, then beat out a Heisman Award-winning quarterback for the AAU’s most prestigious national award. Tatyana McFadden, 27, the marathoner born paralyzed from the waist down, who fought (and won) in Maryland court to win equal opportunity for students with disabilities in interscholastic athletics. And then there’s Josh George, 32, in a wheelchair since an accident when he was a toddler, winner of the Chicago Marathon and multiple world record holder. Dude’s a bonafide badass, and, for this year’s Paralympic Games in Rio, he’s going to have a wheelchair to make Alex Zanardi jealous.
That’ll come courtesy of BMW North America, whose Designworks arm in California is supplying kit for the 2016 Team USA Paralympic Track and Field squad. More than a year of research and development went into these new wheelchairs, and it shows. Conventional units are welded aluminum, lightweight but relatively flimsy and uncomfortable; fundamentally, they’re medical devices modified to go racing. Not ideal. So BMW set on something purpose-built, the equivalent of a Le Mans prototype. That meant aerodynamic considerations and a carbon fiber structure, allowing the seat to be custom-molded for each athlete.
“Existing chairs have a rectangular metal bucket, so the racers shim their body in with foam blocks and straps,” says Brad Cracchiola of BMW Designworks. “With our chair, we took inspiration from auto racing doing a custom body mold in their cockpit. Once they get in it, they have a perfect fit. They can’t flip. We also customized the steering around their ergonomics.”
Source: BMW Created a Carbon Fiber Racing Wheelchair and It’s Incredible – The Drive
Power wheelchair market- Users may be eligible to receive a power chair at little to no cost. Vendors research the qualifications and negotiate the payments for many potential power wheelchair users.As the population ages, people are more frail and need assistance for mobility. Hospital and homecare wheelchair technology is evolving to give people with disabilities more mobility.
Mobility depends on a wheelchair that is fit to purpose. Are people going to move themselves? Are they going to be inside or outside? Is the wheelchair used for traveling by car? Many issues impact the choice of a wheelchair, including cost and reimbursement availability.
This wheelchair markets are poised to create the ability for people to get more exercise and impact the healthcare delivery industry. By encouraging mobility of people who were previously bed ridden, the quality of life rises significantly.
Wheelchairs impact care delivery, permitting the patient to control mobility for the rehabilitation efforts. Power wheel chairs give patients the ability to control movement.
Transport wheelchairs are used for permitting patients to go from home by auto to another place. Patients and family gain more control over care delivery with the availability of rehabilitation and travel with power transport wheelchairs.
Power wheelchair markets at $1.1 billion in 2011 are anticipated to reach $3.9 billion in 2018. Market growth comes in large part from demand for mobility from people who might otherwise be bedridden.
Source: Research report covers the power wheelchair market that is anticipated to reach $3.9 billion in 2018 – WhaTech
WhaTech Channel: Medical Market ResearchSubmitted by Carl Jackson
Student and his power Wheelchair Cosplay
Student Turns His Power Wheelchair Into an Epic Mad Max cosplay
Ben Carpenter, an engineering student and cosplayer from Florida, just created an amazing Mad Max wheelchair cosplay that will ensure him an everlasting spot in Valhalla.
Ben Carpenter, an engineering student and cosplayer from Florida, just created an amazing Mad Max cosplay that will ensure him an everlasting spot in Valhalla.
Student Turns His Wheelchair Into Epic Mad Max Cosplay