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Hospital Beds and Accessories

A home hospital bed may become a necessity for patients recovering from debilitating illness/injury or for patients whose mbility is limited by aging or other health concerns. There are five reasons why a home hospital bed may be the right solution for you or a person for whom you are the primary caregiver.

Hospital Beds...

  • Adjust - With the push of a button, the patient or caregiver can adjust the position of the head or feet. These types of adjustments can provide relief to patients suffering from back problems, respirtory distress or limited mobility. Head adjustments also allow for more comfortable positioning while eating or watching television.
  • Have side rails: Accessory side rails prevent patients from falling  and provide a a grip for getting in and out of bed. 
  • Can be raised or lowered: Hospital beds can be lowered or raised depending on patient need. Patients who have difficulty moving to a seated position will appreciate having a bed that is set at a height that is comfortable for them. For caregivers who are prone to backaches, raising the bed and the patient to a comfortable work height can reduce back pain.
  • Are washable: Hospital bed mattresses are made of a thick, washable vinyl which can be scrubbed and disinfected when accidents happen. 
  • Are easy to move: Wheeled legs allow for easy movement from room to room. 
A variety of accessories are available to aid in patient comfort and care. 

Trapeze Bar: The Trapeze Bar is intended to provide the patient with a means of self-help to change position in bed, to move onto a bedpan, to move from bed to bedside commode or to transfer to and from a wheelchair with minimal help from an attendant.

Foam Wedge: A foam wedge provides gentle support when elevation is necessary for the upper body or legs. The wedge is also used as a trunk stabilizer for side lying positions.  The wedge is designed for patients with problem breathing, poor circulation, hiatus hernia and back or neck problems. 

Mattress Overlay: Mattress overlays are designed to reduce pressure and prevent bed sores.  More advanced mattress overlays are available that pump air to alternating locations to provide support points for patients with a higher risk of bed sores.

Fitted Sheets and Bed Pads: Standard twin or full size sheets will not fit a hospital bed.  Fitted sheets and bed pads are available that work specifically designed for hospital beds and do not bind or pull when the head or feet are raised.

Will Medicare and other insurers pay for a hospital bed?

Yes, Medicare and most other insurers will cover hospital bed when the patient cannot use a normal bed because he/she needs to:

  • change body positions in ways not possible with a normal bed, or
  • be in body positions not possible with a normal bed in order to relieve pain, or
  • have the head of the bed higher than 30 degrees most of the time due to illnesses such as congestive heart failure, chronic pulmonary disease, and others, or
  • use traction equipment that must be attached to a hospital bed.

A fixed height hospital bed is covered if one or more of the following criteria are met.

  • The patient has a medical condition that requires positioning of the body in ways not feasible with an ordinary bed. Elevation of the head/upper body less than 30 degrees does not usually require the use of a hospital bed, or
  • The patient requires positioning of the body in ways not feasible with an ordinary bed in order to alleviate pain, or
  • The patient requires the head of the bed to be elevated more than 30 degrees most of the time due to congestive heart failure, chronic pulmonary disease, or problems with aspiration. Pillows or wedges must have been considered and ruled out, or
  • The patient requires traction equipment, which can only be attached to a hospital bed.

A variable height hospital bed is covered if the patient meets one of the criteria for a fixed height hospital bed and requires a bed height different than a fixed height hospital bed to permit transfers to chair, wheelchair or standing position.

A semi-electric hospital bed is covered if the patient meets one of the criteria for a fixed height bed and requires frequent changes in body position and/or has an immediate need for a change in body position. For the convenience of our patients, Home MediService provides semi-electric hospital beds to all patients regardless of "frequent changes" qualification.

A heavy-duty extra-wide hospital bed is covered if the patient meets one of the criteria for a fixed height hospital bed and the patient weighs more than 350 pounds, but does not exceed 600 pounds.

An extra heavy-duty hospital bed is covered if the patient meets one of the criteria for a hospital bed and the patient's weight exceeds 600 pounds.

A total electric hospital bed is not covered; Medicare considers it a convenience item. However, if you prefer the total electric, you can pay the differences between the bed for which you qualify and this one using the Advanced Beneficiary Notice.

An order (prescription) must be on file with the supplier. It must be signed and dated by the treating doctor. Hospital Beds are in the Capped Rental category of DME; that means you may choose to rent or purchase a hospital bed.

Coverage for Accessories: Medicare and other insurers will pay for some but not all bed accessories. Covered items include; bedside rails, trapeze bars and mattress covers designed to prevent bed sores. The following items are considered convenience items and are not covered; overbed tables, bed wedges and fitted sheets/pads.


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