Power wheel chairs and scooters are paid for by Medicare when a patient properly qualifies for the device. Mobility evaluations are appointments required by insurance companies when a doctor will go over the necessary qualifications and decide to prescribe the device.
When a patient calls in to Aeroflow to get the process of getting a power wheel chair or scooter started, we ask some preliminary questions. To get a power mobility device it must be a necessary alternative to manual devices like a cane or walker, so we ask if they have a history of using assistive equipment or not. If a patient has not used these devices, it is suggested that they attempt using them or a manual wheel chair prior to a power chair. A cane, walker, and manual wheel chair all must be ruled out by a doctor as insufficient for the patient to complete their activities of daily living inside the home. These activities include cooking, cleaning, moving from room to room, and grooming.
If manual devices do not meet a patient’s daily needs, they most likely meet Medicare requirements to receive a power wheel chair or scooter. At the mobility evaluation the doctor must take measurements of pain and strength associated with your illnesses to prove this. Additionally it must be recorded how far a patient is able to walk without assistance – when someone is able to walk to and from their mailbox unassisted, they likely do not qualify. However, if the patient’s history and current health status prove their limited mobility, a doctor will probably prescribe the device.
Though patients may meet these qualifications, some physicians will refer them to alternative solutions like physical therapy. This can also lead to acquiring a power mobility device if the therapy does not offer positive results, and will establish more extensive documentation of things like range of motion, torso stability, and extremity strength. A power mobility device is a last resort, and many physicians will prescribe other therapies and devices to prevent dependency on a power mobility device.
Medicare will provide power chairs and scooters when they are medically necessary when for a patient to complete their daily activities in the home. The decision is entirely up to the doctor, but Aeroflow Healthcare will use these qualifications to help decide whether a patient should go forward with starting the process.