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When my wife was diagnosed with a serious medical condition, I knew that it was time to learn how to help. I started paying more attention to the condition of the house and watching the kids whenever I could. I also talked with her doctor about learning how to use the medical supplies that she had at home, so that I could help her to change IVs and replace bandages. It took awhile to learn, but eventually, I was able to get the process down. The help that I was able to offer my wife meant a lot to her, and I knew that it was because of my understanding of the medical equipment. This blog is all about learning how to use medical supplies.

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Dealing With Ankle Injuries: How To Apply For A Knee Scooter With Medicare

by Amélie Fournier

Recent research has indicated that approximately 25,000 Americans will suffer from some type of ankle injury every day. More than 80% of these injuries are a result of inversion of the ankle, otherwise known as inward rolling. To take some of the pressure off of the ankles and allow for a quicker recovery, most physicians would recommend patients to get some type of crutches or walking aid. Knee scooters are quickly gaining popularity for their ability to take weight off of the lower extremities. 

Basics of a Knee Scooter

As an alternative to traditional walking aids, the knee scooter was born with convenience in mind. Knee scooters feature a supporting platform on a scooter with two, three or four wheels, and create a stable environment and increased maneuverability for patients who are dealing with ankle injuries by taking weight off of the lower extremities through the wheels. Most knee scooters can be folded. The knee of the injured ankle will be flexed and supported at the shin with cushions whereas the uninjured leg will be responsible for steering the knee scooters through propulsion.

Although beneficial for patients with ankle injuries, knee scooters do have some limitations to their design, which include:

  • inability to provide the support required for leg injuries that are above or near the knee.
  • inability to climb stairs. 
  • being a lot heavier to transport. Knee scooters are more difficult to load and unload off of vehicles in comparison to traditional crutches.

How to Apply for Knee Scooters with Medicare

If your physician has determined that your ankle injuries could benefit from the use of a knee scooter, you may want to consider claiming the cost of the knee scooters through Medicare depending on the type of coverage that you have. To qualify for a knee scooter, you must submit an E0118 form and prove that the knee scooter is a "reasonable or necessary" medical aid. To prove this, you will need to get a medical report from your physician that detail:

  • the extent and severity of your ankle injuries. The medical report must provide details regarding where you are injured, and also how this will affect your body's ability to recover.
  • how the knee scooters will help alleviate weight off of the ankle injuries, and help you recover. It is important that a doctor be able to detail why the knee scooters may be a better option in comparison to other alternatives that are also available.

Once you have submitted an E0118 form, you will need to wait for a response. Depending on which city, town and state you reside in, the knee scooters may already be included in a competitive bidding program. If this is the case, you will need to get the knee scooters from a Medicare contract supplier in order for Medicare to pay for the item in full. 

If you decide to travel to another state or area that is not your permanent residence to get the knee scooters that you want, then Medicare may hold you responsible for paying 20% coinsurance after you have already paid your yearly Part B deductible. 

Conclusion

Apply for a knee scooter with Medicare can be rather easy. Most patients are able to receive the help that they need from their physicians when applying for coverage for the knee scooters. Keep in mind that it may take Medicare awhile to process all of the claims and files. As a result, some patients will rent the knee scooters in the meantime to prevent their ankle injuries from worsening. You should consider this option depending on how severe your ankle injuries may be.

Visit a site like http://www.kneewalkershop.com to learn more. 

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