How to Get Medicare Payment of Diabetic Therapeutic Shoes
As a diabetic patient, you may be wondering how you will be able to afford the purchase of much-needed therapeutic shoes. Here is what you need to know about Medicare obligations to pay.
In older adults, diabetes is a leading cause of health concern. As a metabolic disorder that affects not only an older adults ability to control sugar and metabolism normally, the condition can also lead to pain and complications associated with foot health. For many diabetic patients, the use of therapeutic shoes and inserts will provide significant assistance in reducing foot complications.
Unfortunately, many diabetic patients do not follow the recommendation to purchase therapeutic shoes and inserts as they simply can not afford to do so. If you are a diabetic patient, it is important to know how you can obtain your supplies and get the items covered through Medicare.
Under a law established in 1995, Medicare recipients with diabetes are eligible for coverage for therapeutic shoes and inserts. While not all Medicare patients can obtain this coverage through their plan, for patients with diabetes, the law mandates that Medicare cover the cost of the therapeutic shoes and inserts under what is known as the Therapeutic Shoe Bill, TSB.
If your doctor has recommended that you purchase therapeutic shoes and inserts as part of your diabetes care plan, you will want to be sure that you get a written prescription from your doctor. With the prescription, most diabetic supply companies can custom make your therapeutic shoes for you and will bill to Medicare directly for reimbursement. While you can only order one pair of shoes each calendar year, the Bill does provide for purchase of up to three custom-made shoe inserts each calendar year.
When living with diabetes, it is important to understand what Medicare will cover and at what rates. For diabetic patients only, the purchase of therapeutic shoes and inserts are possible and it is important to follow the Medicare guidelines to obtain the right shoes for your foot care needs. Simply obtain a prescription from your doctor and then locate a diabetes supply company that can provide the therapeutic shoes without any out-of-pocket expense to you. In doing so, you can improve your foot health and reduce the risk for pain, neuropathy and complications associated with fractures and foot ulcers.