Tips & Advice
What is a DME claim?
A durable medical equipment (DME) claim is a form you fill out to get reimbursed for expenses that you paid for and are covered by insurance. If you bought something directly from the supplier, and it qualifies, you can be reimbursed by Medicaid insurance.
Which medical supplies are covered through Medicaid?
Medicaid will cover necessary durable medical equipment that your doctor prescribes for your in-home use. They must be durable, used for a medical reason, not typically useful to someone who isn’t sick or injured (like crutches or a wheelchair), is used in the home, and has a minimum of a three-year life expectancy. If your condition has extenuating circumstances, you can file a claim or speak to a Medicaid rep to discuss your options.
What are consumable medical supplies?
Consumable medical supplies are either disposable, or unable to withstand repeated use. They are items that get used up, and generally fall into the categories of bandages, antiseptics, and skin preparations. These are usually one-off products that cannot be reused.
Are medical supplies covered by insurance?
Most insurance companies and policies cover equipment that is prescribed by a doctor to treat or assist a patient in need. There can be exceptions and coverage might not necessarily be 100%, so the only way to know for sure r is to consult your policy or insurance rep. Most items of real need are covered. Supplemental insurance can offset many costs not covered by a standard policy. The good news is that if a doctor prescribed it, you are likely covered.
What is durable medical equipment?
There are two main types of medical equipment: disposable and durable. Durable medical equipment provides therapeutic benefits to a patient who is in need because of an illness or medical condition. Durables are usually reusable items, including beds, wheelchairs, breathing machines, canes or crutches, and monitors.
How to clean a hearing aid
For maximum performance, you should try to clean your hearing aid each morning. Start by wiping the exterior with a soft cloth or brush to remove obvious dirt and debris. Do not use tissues that have aloe or lotions as they can harm the device. Be careful NOT to wipe dirt into the microphone as this can damage it. You will want to keep the tubing clean and free of ear wax, which is the No. 1 cause of hearing aid problems. Most devices come with a tool for cleaning out the tubing when it is removed from the device. You don’t need to clean the tubing every day, but definitely do it on a regular basis. Be cognizant of water, rain, or sweat getting in, on and around your device.
Are hearing aids covered by Medicare?
If you have Medicare Plan B medical insurance, they will cover the cost of diagnostic hearing and balance exams if your doctor orders them to see if you need further treatment. If you only have original Medicare coverage, you are on the hook for all the costs associated with hearing exams, hearing aids, and hearing aid fittings. Check to see if you have original or Plan B coverage. As this can get confusing, consult your policy, or speak to your doctor’s office directly about your plan. You can also consult the Medicare website for more answers.
What is a digital hearing aid?
Digital hearing aids use the basic elements as an analog device: receiver/microphone, amplifier and speaker, but they use a digitized sound processing to convert the sound waves into digital signals. Inside the device is a computer chip that analyzes the signals to determine whether the sounds are noise or speech, and attempts to filter out the noise and delivering only the speech. They operate on the same principles as analog and use batteries, but they use the newest technology to deliver more speech and less background noises. These are the most technologically advanced options and will have a higher price tag.
There are three different types of hearing aids:
- BTE (behind the ear) devices have the hearing aid that sits on top and behind the ear. All the electronic parts sit behind the ear and join the ear canal via a sound tube and a custom tip.
- ITE (in the ear) devices are custom-made devices in which all of the electronics sit inside your ear. They come in multiple sizes including CIC (completely in canal) and IIC (Invisible in canal).
- RIC (receiver in canal) or RITE (receiver in the ear) devices are like the BTE aids, except the receiver/speaker is not in the case, it is fitted directly into your ear canal and are connected to the electronics case (that sits behind the ear) with a thin wire. You will find variations of these devices, but they all fall under those three general categories.
Can hearing aids reduce tinnitus?
Tinnitus is a condition in which the person afflicted hears a ringing or buzzing type sounds in their ears. Tinnitus can be had in concert with hearing loss, so if you are exposed to really loud environments on any consistent basis, you are susceptible to get both. There are hearing aids that can mask or reduce the effects it tinnitus and can provide immediate relief while simultaneously increasing your hearing ability.