By Zach Collins
A lot of Aeroflow Healthcare Mobility’s patients have and use power wheelchairs, which enable them to get around with much more ease and in some cases, enjoy a sense of independence that they would otherwise be unable to have. These power wheelchairs in a lot of cases are true life savers, and give patients a quality of life that is unparalleled otherwise. However, a lot of our patients have other needs as well, such as the need for continuous oxygen, for example. This brings about the issue of whether or not those power wheelchairs can accommodate the accessories necessary for those patients to continue living peaceful, healthy lives.
In most cases, power wheelchairs can absolutely accommodate those needs. The question then becomes, will insurance cover the accessories for your power wheelchair?
With insurance, and Medicare specifically, Durable Medical Equipment (or DMEs), accessories, and supplies are covered on the basis of “medical necessity.” According to Medicare.gov, medically necessary is defined as:
“Services or supplies that are needed to diagnose or treat your medical condition and that meet accepted standards of medical practice.”
Therefore, Medicare will cover many wheelchairs, power wheelchairs, walkers, canes, respiratory supplies, oxygen tanks, breast pumps, wound therapy supplies, and more. It will not cover items that are deemed to be superfluous or cosmetic in nature, such as some mobility accessories or some power scooters.
So which accessories are covered?
The kind of accessories covered by Medicare and insurance would then be accessories such as oxygen tank carriers, general use back or seat cushions, IV rods, ventilator trays, suspension forks, wide stance arm brackets, heel loops, and narrowing devices. However, accessories such as legrests or sunshades would not be covered, as they are not deemed medically necessary.
To find out more about power wheelchairs, and how to qualify through insurance, click here or call Toll Free at 1-888-345-1780.