Medicare covers durable medical equipment (DME), including powered wheelchairs, under Part B. However, securing this coverage involves navigating a stringent set of requirements and processes.
While Medicare does provide coverage for powered wheelchairs under Part B, a significant number of applications are denied, mainly due to insufficient documentation, inadequate medical examinations, failure to meet home use requirements, use of non-approved suppliers, and overlooking prior authorization requirements. Understanding and meticulously adhering to these criteria can greatly increase the likelihood of approval. It is advisable to work closely with healthcare providers and select Medicare-approved suppliers to navigate this process successfully.