By Woodrow Wilcox
The caregiver of one of our clients bought a wheeled walker for our client and then gave me the receipt for it. She wanted to know if Medicare would reimburse for the purchase of the wheeled walker for our client.
In researching this matter, I learned that rules for the purchase of such medical equipment will change on January 1, 2019.
Prior to January 1, 2019, purchases of such medical equipment from suppliers that were not the winner of a competitive bid system currently used by Medicare WILL NOT BE REIMBURSED OR ASSISTED IN ANY WAY BY MEDICARE. The competitive bid winner might be different for each particular item of medical equipment. How would a senior citizen know to contact different suppliers for different items of medical equipment in order to qualify for help from Medicare?
In the case of our client and the caregiver, the purchase of the wheeled walker was not made through the Medicare approved supplier. So, our client will not get any reimbursement or other help from Medicare with the over $160 spent for that item.
But, the rules will change on January 1, 2019. And, I believe, the change will be for the better. After that date, a senior citizen on Medicare can use any medical equipment supplier that is willing to file the claim with Medicare. Avoid doing business with medical equipment suppliers that don’t want to file the claim with Medicare.
With this new rule, senior citizens will have an easier time purchasing medical equipment that they need with the help of Medicare.
Written on December 3, 2018 by Woodrow Wilcox