Disabled persons may qualify for mobility equipment through insurance if certain requirements are met. Requirements, however, vary by payer. This article will examine Medicare requirements for mobility equipment, also known as a personal mobility device (PMD). Durable medical equipment providers handle needs for mobility equipment on a case by case basis in order to ensure each patient receives proper equipment to carry out activities of daily living within their home. The durable medical equipment provider must work with the patient’s physician to determine if the patient meets Medicare guidelines for mobility equipment. There are several types of mobility equipment including a cane, walker, manual wheelchair, scooter and power wheelchair.
Here are a few tips to determine if a person may qualify for mobility equipment through insurance:
- A patient must have a face to face mobility evaluation with his or her physician prior to the mobility equipment being prescribed. The physician must determine which type of mobility equipment will work best to fit the patient’s needs.
- The patient’s doctor must determine which type of personal mobility device will allow the patient to carry out activities of daily living inside his or her home. A few diagnoses or a combination of the following diagnoses may allow a disabled persons to qualify for mobility equipment through insurance: Multiple Sclerosis, Acute Arthritis, Muscular Dystrophy, Heart Disease and Diabetes
- A patient must understand the Medicare only approves mobility equipment for use inside the home. This equipment is intended to allow an individual to complete activities of daily living within their home. Medicare does not approve mobility devices for outdoor or recreational use; approval is based on the need inside the home.
Navigating insurance requirements for disabled persons who are trying to qualify for mobility equipment through insurance can be a challenge. Aeroflow Healthcare has a team of mobility specialists who are knowledgeable and able to guide the patient through the process. Aeroflow Healthcare’s mobility specialists will work with the patient and their physician to determine which type of mobility equipment will meet the patient’s needs and ensure the best quality of life.