The information found below was received from the United Spinal Association:
posted January 23, 2010
Do you have a prescription for a wheelchair or durable medical equipment? Then be sure your physician has enrolled in the Medicare internet based PECOS system or good old Medicare may not pay for it.
Starting April 5, 2010 physician and non-physician practitioners must be enrolled in the Medicare internet based PECOS system to order durable medical equipment prosthetics orthotics and supplies for you.
For any item to be covered by Medicare, it must be ordered by a physician or nonphysician practitioner who is eligible to order such items. The providers who can order items include: doctor of medicine or osteopathy; dental medicine or dental surgery; podiatric medicine; and physician assistant, certified clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner and optometrist.
Do yourself a favor! Download this letter (PDF), print it, and show it to your doctor to make sure that they are enrolled in this program. It’s not an option, no enrollment means no equipment for you. Get it done! Oh ya, please.
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