Navigation Links
Medicare Policies Restricting Power Wheelchair Repairs Leave Vulnerable Beneficiaries with Limited Mobility
Date:7/26/2013

had to call CMS for information on how to get his wheelchair repaired after it broke down in early June. He was given a list of suppliers who had won bids to provide power wheelchairs in his area.

"When I called companies on the list, they said they couldn't help me because their company didn't provide power wheelchairs," said Welch. "It turns out these companies won contracts to provide power wheelchairs, but they have no obligation to repair chairs that were provided by another company. I kept calling back Medicare, and they kept giving me the same numbers to call. It's a vicious cycle."

Welch said his only option is to pay for the repairs himself, something he can't afford. "I get a disability check because of my medical condition," he said. "Once I pay my bills I barely have enough left for food for the month. I can't pay to fix my wheelchair."

John J. Letizia, who is vice chairman of AAHomecare, explained that problems with repairs for power wheelchair provided to Medicare beneficiaries pre-date the bidding program that began two years ago in nine locations around the country.

In order to be reimbursed for repairing power wheelchairs, CMS requires companies to collect the documentation of medical necessity that was originally submitted when the beneficiary was approved to receive the equipment. That becomes a problem, Letizia said, when the supplier who provided the equipment is out of business and there is no access to the paperwork. "In those cases, CMS wants providers to go to the doctor and get the documentation from them. Good luck with that," said Letizia, who is also president of Laurel Medical Supplies, Inc. in Pennsylvania.

The bidding process adds new hurdles. For instance, only the contracted supplier who provided the power wheelchair is obligated to repair it, and that obligation only lasts through the 13-month r
'/>"/>

SOURCE American Association for Homecare
Copyright©2012 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Page: 1 2 3 4 5

Related medicine technology :

1. Failure to Take Medicine Linked to Unnecessary Hospital Visits, Especially for Medicare Patients Taking High Blood Pressure or High Cholesterol Medications
2. Problems Plague Medicares Method for Measuring Payment Errors
3. Effectiveness of Medicare Authorization Program for Power Wheelchairs Rests on Inclusion of a Clinical Template
4. ApolloMed ACO Selected To Participate In A Transformative New Initiative Sponsored by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
5. Physician Details Problems with Medicare Approval Process for Power Wheelchairs
6. New Study Answers CMS/USPSTF Concerns for CT Colonography Screening Reimbursement: It is a Viable Option for the Medicare-Aged Population
7. AllMobilityScooters.com Simplifies Medicare
8. Disability Advocates Tell Medicare: Use a Clinical Template to Accurately Document Medical Need for Wheelchairs
9. Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation Awards $19 Million Grant to Develop Oncology Medical Home Model
10. PCMA: Part D Plans and PBMs Continue to Deliver Savings in Medicare
11. Homecare Community Dismayed that Medicare Will Start Prior Authorization for Wheelchairs without a Clinical Template for Physicians to Document Need
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:7/31/2015)...  Semler Scientific, Inc. (Nasdaq: SMLR ), a ... insurers and physician groups, today reported financial results for ... "In the second quarter of 2015, Semler reported ... 54%, quarter over quarter revenue growth of 8%, and ... FloChec® units of 18%," said Doug Murphy-Chutorian, M.D., chief ...
(Date:7/31/2015)... 2015  Xencor, Inc. (NASDAQ: XNCR ), a ... treatment of autoimmune diseases, asthma and allergic diseases, and ... Hata to its board of directors. ... development is a tremendous asset to our board," said ... officer of Xencor. "Xencor faces a range of opportunities ...
(Date:7/31/2015)... , July 31, 2015 ... solutions for video, data and cloud computing operators ... a leading pharma giant for Internet of Things ... IoT applications offered on subscription model. ... Pharma giant is striving for business innovations to ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Semler Reports Second Quarter 2015 Financial Results 2Semler Reports Second Quarter 2015 Financial Results 3Semler Reports Second Quarter 2015 Financial Results 4Semler Reports Second Quarter 2015 Financial Results 5Semler Reports Second Quarter 2015 Financial Results 6Xencor Appoints Yujiro S. Hata to Board of Directors 2Xencor Appoints Yujiro S. Hata to Board of Directors 3Magnaquest Signs a POC With a Leading Pharma Giant in Europe to Manage Subscription Management and Billing for Internet of Things (IoT) 2
... the community pharmacy chain, has revealed that one in four* (24%) ... - has taken or applied medicines which they later discovered were ... half (53%) of people do not always check the expiry date ... member. This is worrying considering that nearly one ...
... 4, 2011 Sanofi-aventis (EURONEXT: SAN and NYSE: ... exchange offer for all outstanding shares of common stock of ... and withdrawal rights expired at 11:59 p.m., New York City ... offer has advised sanofi-aventis that, as of the expiration time, ...
Cached Medicine Technology:Lloydspharmacy Reveals Over 11 Million Britons Risking Health by Taking Old Medicines 2Lloydspharmacy Reveals Over 11 Million Britons Risking Health by Taking Old Medicines 3Sanofi-aventis Successfully Completes Exchange Offer for Genzyme Corporation 2Sanofi-aventis Successfully Completes Exchange Offer for Genzyme Corporation 3Sanofi-aventis Successfully Completes Exchange Offer for Genzyme Corporation 4Sanofi-aventis Successfully Completes Exchange Offer for Genzyme Corporation 5Sanofi-aventis Successfully Completes Exchange Offer for Genzyme Corporation 6
(Date:7/31/2015)... , ... July 31, 2015 , ... ... industry players to know in predictive health analytics , Jvion continues to ... The firm creates predictive software that targets patient and population level illness to ...
(Date:7/31/2015)... Jacksonville, FL (PRWEB) , ... July 31, 2015 ... ... has announced an important workshop at its new True North Conference Center. The ... attend so that the Jacksonville community may be more aligned in the effort ...
(Date:7/31/2015)... ... ... the article published July 27 on My News LA, a fire that broke ... city’s fire department before it caused major damage throughout the building. The article also notes ... was a fire alarm system that tipped off fire fighters so they could arrive at ...
(Date:7/31/2015)... ... July 31, 2015 , ... As part of their company mission, Dallas ... animal welfare organizations is essential to the longevity of their business. It is ... Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS) annual Presents 4 Pets supply drive. ...
(Date:7/31/2015)... ... , ... Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia and Peach State Health Plan are ... a Friend First" program. Representatives from Peach State Health Plan presented a $10,000 check ... and our parent company, Centene Corporation, are dedicated to raising anti-bullying awareness. We are ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Jvion Showcased as Leader in the Predictive Analytic Market 2Health News:Lakeview Health Links Sex Trafficking and Addiction in Special Jacksonville Educational Workshop 2Health News:Lakeview Health Links Sex Trafficking and Addiction in Special Jacksonville Educational Workshop 3Health News:Article on Recent Pasadena Courtroom Fire Highlights the Effectiveness of Fire Alarm Systems, Says Fire Protection Group Inc 2Health News:Article on Recent Pasadena Courtroom Fire Highlights the Effectiveness of Fire Alarm Systems, Says Fire Protection Group Inc 3Health News:Dallas-based Park Cities Pet Sitter Selects Non-Profit Animal Welfare Organization “Angie’s Friends” as this Year’s Recipient of their Presents 4 Pets Supply Drive. 2Health News:Dallas-based Park Cities Pet Sitter Selects Non-Profit Animal Welfare Organization “Angie’s Friends” as this Year’s Recipient of their Presents 4 Pets Supply Drive. 3Health News:Dallas-based Park Cities Pet Sitter Selects Non-Profit Animal Welfare Organization “Angie’s Friends” as this Year’s Recipient of their Presents 4 Pets Supply Drive. 4Health News:Peach State Health Plan Presents $10,000 Check for “Be a Friend First” Anti-Bullying Program to Local Girl Scouts 2
... Robson is ready to fight against cancer for the fifth time ... diagnosed with cancer for the fifth time, started a six-week bout ... lungs. ,He has battled cancer on and off for ... ,"Of course, it's not the greatest news I've ever had ...
... rate in the United States appears to be strongly ... according to study. ,Dr. Winchester and ... and nitrates measurements in surface water were highest (April-July) ... (Aug.-Sept.). ,More than 27 million U.S. ...
... routine trauma abdomen and pelvis CT compared to plain radiographs, ... the University of Cincinnati. ,The study consisted of ... CT within three days of an injury. These patients were ... lumbar spine fracture. ,According to the study, ...
... popular city rankings of the fattest cities, the fittest ... cities . Now, in the first-of-its-kind survey, the American ... sun protection seriously and those that fail to make ... ,The "RAYS: Your Grade" survey polled adults in 32 ...
... positive man hailing from a Bihar village, who was socially ostracized, ... man, whose name is not known, was the only bread earner ... district, about 150 km from here. The immediate provocation for the ... numbered. ,"He poured kerosene oil and set himself ablaze. ...
... accolades for promoting good health. The latest news about ... mouth. ,Researchers from the University of Wisconsin ... heal the infection and avoid what could otherwise lead ... doctor at the University of Wisconsin introduced this unique ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:Bobby Robson Diagnosed With Cancer for Fifth Time 2Health News:Premature Birth Linked With Increased Use of Pesticides 2Health News:New Survey List Out Cities That Take Sun Protection Seriously 2Health News:New Survey List Out Cities That Take Sun Protection Seriously 3
... a national reference laboratory and a worldwide ... ARUP offers an extensive test menu of ... clinical and anatomic pathology. Owned by the ... more than half of the nation's university ...
... national reference laboratory and a worldwide leader ... offers an extensive test menu of highly ... and anatomic pathology. Owned by the University ... than half of the nation's university teaching ...
... reference laboratory and a worldwide leader in ... an extensive test menu of highly complex ... anatomic pathology. Owned by the University of ... half of the nation's university teaching hospitals ...
... reference laboratory and a worldwide leader in ... an extensive test menu of highly complex ... anatomic pathology. Owned by the University of ... half of the nation's university teaching hospitals ...
Medicine Products: