During my time working at Home Medical, people are constantly expressing shock and disbelief over their Medicare Part B benefit refusing to cover essential medical supplies and devices. If I only had a dime for every time I hear from my patients, “I cannot believe that my Medicare does not cover something simple as a blood pressure monitor or this shower bench for the bathroom”. Or “My whole adult life I had money deducted from my paycheck to receive Medicare benefits and it does not even cover these incontinence supplies or compression socks. This is completely unfair!”

The more time I spend talking to our elderly or retirees, the more I realize that people have very little knowledge regarding their Medicare Part B benefit, especially as it applies to medical hospital bipap machine equipment and supplies. And people lack of understanding is not because they don’t care because they do care. They actually care a lot. Their lack of understanding their benefits is primarily due to poor education provided by the federal and local government regarding their entitlements under the Part B Benefit. So, to clear up the confusion here is the basic breakdown of what type of medical products and supplies Medicare covers and which it does not. Hope this helps.

Medicare DOES NOT COVER the following medical products and supplies:

Bathroom Safety Aids

 

  • Raised Toilet Seats
  • Shower Grab Bars
  • Bath Stools and Benches
  • Shower Transfer Benches
  • Bathtub Rails

 

Incontinence Supplies

 

  • Adult Pull Up Diapers and Briefs
  • Children Pull Up Diapers and Briefs
  • Blue Chucks and Underpads
  • Protections Liners and Pads
  • Washcloth

 

Hot and Cold Therapy

 

  • Moist Heating Pads
  • Hot/Cold Therapy Units
  • Hot and Cold packs

 

 

  • Compression Hosiery, Stockings and Socks
  • Portable Oxygen Concentrators
  • Pulse Oximeters
  • Blood Pressure Kits, Monitors and Stethoscopes
  • Thermometers
  • Weight Scales

 

Medicare COVERS the following medical products and supplies:

Walking Aids

 

  • Rolling Walkers with Wheels
  • Canes
  • Crutches

 

Orthotics

 

  • Back and Lumbar Support Braces
  • Knee Braces, Supports, and Wraps
  • Wrist Splints and Braces
  • Ankle Braces
  • Hernia Belts
  • Cervical Collars
  • Ankle Walking Boot
  • Drop Foot Braces

 

Respiratory Supplies

 

  • CPAP / BIPAP Machines – RENTAL ONLY (You own it after 13 rental months)
  • CPAP / BIPAP Nasal Masks and Accessories
  • Stationary Oxygen Concentrators – RENTAL ONLY (You own it after 36 rental months)
  • Nebulizer / Aerosol Compressors – RENTAL ONLY (You own it after 13 rental months)
  • Suction Machines – RENTAL ONLY (You own it after 13 rental months)

 

 

  • Lymphedema Pumps and Garments
  • Scooters and POVs
  • Manual and Power Wheelchairs – RENTAL ONLY (You own it after 13 rental months)
  • Hospital Beds – RENTAL ONLY (You own it after 13 rental months)
  • Air Loss Mattresses for Decubitus Ulcers – RENTAL ONLY (You own it after 13 rental months)