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 types of aircraft are used for air ambulance services?
The most common type of aircraft used for air ambulance services are helicopters. They are versatile in their landing and lift off capabilities and can reach high altitudes where aircraft runways do not exist. However, fixed-wing aircraft are used occasionally, especially if a patient is in a more stable situation and requires longer transport. This could occur if a patient is moving from one hospital to another in a distant location.
Do air ambulance companies need accreditation?
Some states require accreditation for air ambulance services. However, accreditation is not federally mandated, and is considered voluntary.
When does an air ambulance become necessary?
An air ambulance becomes necessary when there is no other option for the patient to be transported to a medical facility – either because of time (critically wounded) or location, (the patient is in a remote location with limited or no ground support available).
Is air ambulance covered by health insurance or other medical coverage?
Depending on the insurance coverage, it might be covered if air ambulance is medically necessary to save a life or there is no other option for transport. Both travel and medical insurance might cover the high cost of an air ambulance. Make sure to consult your policy or speak to your insurance rep for specifics far in advance of any medical emergency. You probably won’t have time, or even the means to do it later.
How much does an air ambulance cost?
Air ambulance service costs will vary depending on location of extraction, transportation range, number of medical personnel and any specialized crew or personnel necessary. You can expect to pay $10,000 or more for an air ambulance.