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.
What is a hybrid mattress?
Hybrid mattresses combine an innerspring system with a memory foam (or latex) top, to provide maximum support, while providing the contouring element of the foam.Coils are considered ideal for back support, while memory foam provides pressure relief and can be motion isolating, so you won’t even notice your significant other rolling around in the middle of the night.
What is a pillowtop mattress?
Pillowtop mattresses have an added layer of padding stitched to the top of the mattress. This layer is generally several inches thick (like 3-5 inches) and provides added cushion and comfort. The padding can be made of many types of filler, including regular foam, memory foam, latex, fiberfill, cotton, and wool.
Is a box spring necessary?
Most modern mattresses don’t need a box spring to provide comfort and support. However, something to consider is that many modern mattress warranties still require one. The truth is, box springs can provide extra mattress support, and increase the height of your bed, but most modern mattresses are fine on their own, they just need a firm, flat surface to rest on.
Which type of mattress is the best type of mattress?
The best type of mattress is going to be the one you like. Comfort and support standards are different for people and mattresses. Do you have health issues to address? Do you need more back support? Different mattresses have different degrees of back support and stiffness. Do you prefer the coil style or the memory foam feel? If you have any health issues, especially lower back, consult your doctor or mattress experts for recommendations. Does your significant other move around a lot? Maybe you need a “motion isolation” mattress that suppresses movement to help you sleep. The best type of mattress is always going to be the one you like, fits your health and style needs, and the one you can afford.
How often should a mattress be changed?
It’s pretty standard to replace your mattress every seven to 10 years, possibly longer if you have a high end mattress, meaning lower end mattresses may have a shorter shelf life. Obviously there will be variables in your mattresses life span based on quality and how it is used and maintained. If your bed is uncomfortable or causing restlessness, replacing it sooner rather than later is a good idea. Comfort is essential for proper sleep. Foam and latex mattresses tend to last longer than average. As a rule of thumb, by the time that mattress turns 10, its shelf life is probably about used up, so start looking for a replacement. Look sooner if it’s uncomfortable.