Hospital Beds & Accessories
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.
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.
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:
A fixed height hospital bed is covered if one or more of the following criteria are met.
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.