Yes…it is possible that Medicare will pay a claim on your new Walk-In Tub purchase. And if they do pay a claim for a portion of your Walk-In Tub, you may then file a separate claim with your Medicare Supplement Insurance for additional reimbursement.
But…Walk-In Tubs are not officially Medicare designated Durable Medical Equipment (DME) and therefore are not normally approved for partial reimbursement. So, as general practice, Medicare does not reimburse a Walk-In Tub purchase. Therefore, be sure you can afford the tub on your own without expecting Medicare reimbursement.
However…when a proper claim for tub reimbursement is made, Medicare has occasionally approved the claim. This could be because the people at Medicare view these safe access, quality-of-life enhancing Walk-In Tubs as so beneficial to so many seniors, disabled or handicapped people.
Making the proper claim is critical, for you have absolutely no chance for any reimbursement if you don’t follow the right procedure, complete the necessary forms and submit everything required by Medicare. The claim process is not difficult, but must be completed the way Medicare wants it.
How you present your story probably matters greatly when Medicare is reviewing your claim. Information that might help your claim are things like: your new Walk-In Tub as being the reason you are able to remain independently living in your home; living alone; less burden on your family or caregivers; alleviation of pain; treatment of injuries, illness, disabilities, handicapped, etc.
Those tub buyers who have been successful getting Medicare reimbursement have probably made a convincing claim presentation about their unique situation, mobility issues and the Walk-In Tub’s “medical necessity”…that is, it’s needed for the treatment of their medical conditions. You can find out how much do walk in tubs cost now!
Another way to possibly increase your chances of getting Medicare reimbursement is to buy and make your claim on a Hybrid Walk-In Tub. Because “Hybrid” Walk-In Tubs are accessed more safely than “Regular” Walk-In Tubs, Medicare might look more favorably upon them. Hybrid tubs are known to eliminate the cause of most bathtub falls because the bather never has to step into or move around on their feet in the tub. Hybrid tubs are accessed by opening the wide door outward, sitting on the ADA compliant seat, pivoting the feet into the tub and closing the door…much the same way you safely enter/exit a car.
One company, Rane Bathing Systems, makes Hybrid Walk-In Tubs for your home that are very similar to their “Institutional” models found in the best hospitals, nursing homes and other types of care facilities around the world. These Rane tubs are authorized for use in all VA and Department of Defense hospitals. Rane is the only Walk-In Tub manufacturer having these approvals. Rane is also the only Walk-In Tub company making quality tubs for both care facilities and for your home.
Rane’s long experience serving the most demanding tub customers in the world, like hospitals and nursing homes, practically guarantees your satisfaction with your residential tub quality, durability, longevity and service.