How to Obtain an Electric Wheelchair through Medicare
Posted Dec 12 2008 3:36pm
Electric wheelchairs grant mobility to those who have difficulty getting around and completing their aids of daily living due to an injury, illness or disability. Listed below are the steps needed to qualify for an electric wheelchair through Medicare. If you think you are able to qualify for an electric wheelchair through your Medicare insurance, you must follow the steps below. You may also download this Medicare Consumer Guide as an additional reference.
The first step in the process is getting a prescription from your doctor. To get a prescription you will need to have a mobility evaluation with your physician to determine if you need a power wheelchair. Listed below is what Medicare states as the medical criteria that must be met in order to qualify:
A power wheelchair is provided by Medicare to a patient whose condition is such that without a wheelchair the patient would be confined to a bed or chair. AND
The patient is incapable of using a manual wheelchair due to a condition that does not allow use of upper extremities. AND
The patient is able to safely operate the hand controls of a power wheelchair or scooter.
The second step is processing Medicare and insurance paperwork. Orbit Medical specialists are experts in helping patients navigate Medicare claims.
The last step is delivery of your new wheelchair. One of Orbit Medical's trained service specialists will deliver the wheelchair to your home. They will adjust the wheelchair to fit your body for complete comfort and show you how to operate your new wheelchair so you can begin to regain your mobility right away.
Orbit Medical will gladly help any with questions about this process and be able to do much of it for you.