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.
Why do eyeglass lenses get cloudy?
Eyeglass lenses get cloudy (AKA foggy) because of water vapor hitting the surface, which is at a different temperature, and creating condensation.
How to properly clean eyeglasses
To properly clean eyeglasses, experts agree that applying a small amount of kitchen soap and putting them under a gentle stream of warm water is all you need. Dry with a clean, lint-free cloth. Eyeglass cleaning sprays are preferred by some people, but their superiority is objective.
How are eyeglasses supposed to fit?
Eyeglasses are supposed to fit so that the arms, or temples, should go straight back from the frame and only touch at the wearer’s ear. These pieces should not angle unnaturally out or in, nor touch the side of the forehead. They should be long enough to extend straight to pass over the wearer’s ears and then curve so as to hug just the top of the ears. Finally, the fit should be level.
The bridge of the glasses should match the shape of the nose so as to rest gently on it. If there are nose pads, they should not be angled into the nose. The lenses should be far enough from the eyes so that eyelashes don’t touch.
Is it worth getting scratch resistant coating for eyeglasses?
Yes, it is generally worth getting scratch-resistant coating for eyeglasses.
How much do new eyeglass frames cost?
New eyeglass frames can cost anywhere from $10 to $1,000. However, most frames cost in the range of $100-$200 Basic frames, found online or at drugstores, as well as optical retailers, are the cheapest, but also not nearly as likely to fit well or be flattering. Standard metal alloy frames that are well designed and durable, but not name brand, cost around $150. Name brands start around the $180 price point, and these are the category that can be cost-prohibitive. Pricing depends on the brand’s status as much as the design itself.