Tampa, FL (PRWEB) May 28, 2013
According to Scooter Link, Medicare is throwing a “one-two” punch to the mobility scooter industry and beneficiaries who have limited mobility. The first punch involves a drastic change in the rules, or more precisely, a tighter definition of who is allowed to have mobility assistance paid for by Medicare. The second punch is a justified crackdown on electric wheelchair equipment providers to eliminate fraud and abuse in order to save taxpayer dollars.
Included with the first “punch”, Medicare is in the process of negotiating contracts with a limited number of electric wheelchair and mobility scooter equipment providers to focus their efforts on getting the best price for their beneficiaries. In addition to putting restrictions on the number of available providers, Medicare is also regulating the costs at which the equipment can be sold. The select group of providers will be subject to reducing the costs of the equipment they sell, leaving very little room for profit. This ultimately leaves fewer choices and spotty service for individuals seeking mobility scooter equipment.
With the second “punch”, Medicare is really cracking down on fraud and abuse of the system. This means that in order for an individual to obtain an electric wheelchair, a person must be totally incapacitated (unable to walk or propel a manual wheelchair) before Medicare will agree to pay for their powered mobility device. If a person has the limited ability to walk, even if it is only for just a few feet, Medicare will not provide any financial coverage for their mobility scooter or device. They will, however, offer full coverage for a walker.
With these new regulations, many seniors may be left wondering how to determine whether or not they truly qualify for Medicare covered mobility equipment. As a senior, immobility will have to be certified by a doctor with an upper and lower body diagnoses code before Medicare will consider paying for the equipment. Even though it may be very difficult for a senior to get around and an electric wheelchair seems essential, they will have to pay for it on their own unless they meet all the criteria.
With these new Medicare guidelines, seniors with fixed incomes are faced with expenses they may not be able to pay. Doctors as well as mobility scooter and electric wheelchair equipment suppliers will be monitored more than ever, as they can no longer provide Medicare-covered equipment to patients unless it is absolutely needed. Unfortunately, these new regulations put patients and consumers in a financial and medical bind if they like to get out and enjoy more of what life has to offer.
So, where does that leave the bulk of seniors and others who used to get their equipment paid for by Medicare? It leaves them to search and pay for equipment on the open market. The good news is, there are firms like Scooter Link (http://www.ScooterLink.com) who provide medical mobility equipment to people at special pricing. They offer this special pricing to both the uninsured or for those who do not meet the stringent criteria. Firms like Scooter Link are included in a network of dealers throughout the country who sell and service mobility equipment for people in need. Not only are their prices very affordable, but a high level of service is provided whether customers need assistance in their home or on the road.
Scooter Link is a Mobility Equipment Supplier to uninsured individuals. They provide power wheelchairs, scooters, auto lifts and ramps, geriatric chairs, lift chairs, hospital beds, patient lifts and doctor’s office equipment. Price, dependability, service, and reputation all go into making up their company motto: “Where You Are or Where You Go”. If you would like assistance in selecting an electric wheelchair or mobility scooter, please visit http://www.ScooterLink.com or call 888-910-0444.