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Lift Chairs and Medicare

Published: 2009-02-11 - Updated: 2022-04-04
Author: Disabled World | Contact: Disabled World (Disabled-World.com)
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Synopsis: Examines reimbursement by insurance companies such as Medicare on lift chair products in the U.S.. Lift chairs are considered durable medical equipment that's covered under Medicare's list of items covered as Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS). But lift chairs are a special case because the entire cost of the chair isn't covered, while many other types of equipment are fully covered by the plan. There are also some restrictions on the type of lift chair you can purchase and where you may purchase it if you want Medicare to cover part of the cost.

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While buying a new lift chair, many times people tend to think that their purchase will be eventually reimbursed by the Medicare. However, there are certain facts about lift chairs and Medicare that you should know before buying a new one. Earlier, insurance companies such as Medicare used to reimburse the cost of buying a lift chair. However, for the most part, they no longer offer this. There are several restrictions that have been introduced by Medicare to prevent reimbursements.

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In this modern world, lift chairs are a remarkable invention, particularly useful for those individuals who experience trouble in getting up from their chair. In fact, lift chair provides the freedom to sit and stand without the help of others, especially for people suffering with back problems, arthritis and various other illnesses. While buying a new lift chair, many times people tend to think that their purchase will be eventually reimbursed by the Medicare. However, there are certain facts about lift chairs and Medicare that you should know before buying a new one.

Type of Lift Mechanisms:

This isn't as much of a concern with new chairs, but some older models aren't covered by Medicare because of the potentially dangerous lift mechanism inside them. Spring-lift chairs aren't covered and should be avoided, even if you're willing to foot the bill on your own. The danger comes in the unsteady and rapid lift caused by the spring. It's unlikely that you'd find this type of chair today in a reputable shop, but some stores might still carry them despite the warnings. To be eligible for Medicare reimbursement, a lift chair needs to have an electrical lifting system that's slow and steady.

Earlier, insurance companies such as Medicare used to reimburse the cost of buying a lift chair. However, for the most part, they no longer offer this. There are several restrictions that have been introduced by Medicare to prevent reimbursements. Some of these restrictions are listed below.

Medicare will pay for some types of durable medical equipment and supplies so that you can be provided with the things you need. But in the case of lift chairs, most people purchase the chair first and then apply for reimbursement. The wait for approval for such a purchase can be a long one, and most people understandably prefer to get the equipment they need now rather than wait and struggle to get along without it. Normally, filing a reimbursement form through Medicare is a simple process, filing three documents. One is the Certificate of Medical Necessity or (CMN) that indicates the necessity of buying the equipment, a doctor's prescription for a lift chair and a copy of the bill of sale.

If you opt to purchase the chair, be sure that the supplier you use meets with Medicare's relatively new supplier requirements. Their policies changed in October 2009, to require that all DMEPOS suppliers be accredited and carry a surety bond. Many companies that have been Medicare suppliers for years already had these things in place, but other companies had to acquire the necessary bond and accreditation to become Medicare-approved. If you purchase something from a company that doesn't meet these eligibility requirements, you won't be reimbursed, even if the item is something that's medically necessary and that Medicare fully covers.

It's important that the doctor's prescription and the CMN are both signed by the doctor. All these three documents must be posted to the Medicare's regional claims' office. Upon approval of the application, the applicant will be provided with a check containing the reimbursed amount for the lift chair. As always, be sure to check with Medicare for the latest in information whether you're eligible for a Medicare reimbursement.

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