(Filed under wheelchair, mobility aids, mobility scooters, disability income )
These are some factors you need to consider before choosing your wheelchair and mobility aids supplier :
There are two types of Medicare suppliers, those that are participating suppliers and those who are enrolled but have decided not to participate.
Participating suppliers must accept assignment. This simply means that they agree to accept a determined fee for the wheelchair/ mobility aid . They can not charge more than the Medicare allowed billing..
Its important to point out that a Medicare approved provider who decides to not participate can charge more than the Medicare-approved amount. However, they are not allowed to charge more than 15% above the Medicare approved amount. It also may be required that you pay the entire bill when you pick up the wheelchair. If this happens, Medicare will send the reimbursement directly to you. However you might end up having to wait for a couple of months to receive payment.
Take into account if you get your Medicare coverage through a Medicare Advantage Plan like an HMO or PPO, it is very likely that the plan will have its own procedures for the purchase. Also this particular Plan may have Restrictions on the supplier from which you can buy. Its is important that you know that your Health Plan must meet the levels of supply to at least what Medicare covers. It can’t be less. Depending on your plan, you could very well receive more coverage with your own Plan than you could receive with Medicare alone. It is prudent to call your Medicare Advantage Plan’s customer service and ask about your coverage before you order your wheelchair.
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