2 weeks ago

Better Prices on Medical Equipment -- Good for Medicare, Good for Beneficiaries

Today the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) expands a promising demonstration from nine to 91 communities across the country -- the competitive bidding demonstration for durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies (DMEPOS). In addition, the program opens nationally for diabetic supplies received through mail-order pharmacies.

Expansion of the DMEPOS bidding demonstration allows the federal government to secure lower prices on medical equipment, such as oxygen tanks, wheel chairs and hospital beds. Better prices on DMEPOS means savings for American taxpayers and people with Medicare as well as an improved fiscal outlook for the Medicare program.

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2 weeks ago

Cardiovascular Surgery Market Outlook in BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) to 2017.

NEW YORK, Sept. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Reportlinker.com announces

that a new market research report is available in its catalogue:

Cardiovascular Surgery Market Outlook in BRICS (Brazil, Russia,

India, China, South Africa) to 2017



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Cardiovascular Surgery Market Outlook in BRICS (Brazil, Russia,

India, China, South Africa) to 2017

Summary

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3 weeks ago

Medicaid Wheelchair Overview - Does Medicaid Cover Motorized Wheelchairs and Scooters?

Many disabled people are in need wheelchairs in America and simply can't afford them. One way to obtain a wheelchair, powerchair or scooter is through the Medicare/Medicaid insurance programs. It is possible to get a wheelchair through a combination of coverage by Medicare and Medicaid at no cost to the recipient, it is not guaranteed. Medicaid wheelchairs are available if you know how to get them.

The Medicaid Program:

Medicaid is a government subsidized healthcare program designed to assist people who fall into the low income category to receive adequate healthcare by providing supplemental insurance coverage to Medicare, the primary government subsidized insurer. Within both the Medicare and Medicaid programs are sub-programs with coverage for durable medical equipment. Wheelchairs, power chairs and scooters are considered durable medical equipment and therefore qualify for coverage most of the time.

How it Works:

Most people, who have supplemental Medicaid insurance, also have primary coverage under Medicare. Medicare will generally cover 80% of the cost of a medically necessary wheelchair, if the Medicare recipient has Part B coverage, which covers outpatient services including doctors' visits and durable medical equipment, and has undergone a full physical examination by an approved physician. Conditions that warrant a medically necessary wheelchair include: spinal, brain or muscular conditions that prohibit the normal use of the patient's legs, an inability to build upper arm strength due to spinal, brain or muscular conditions, or any other condition that would render a patient bedridden when not in a wheelchair.

Whether or not the supplemental Medicaid coverage will pick up the tab for the remaining 20% will depend completely upon an independent review by Medicaid. Medicaid is under no obligation to approve coverage, even if Medicare has.

The Result:

There is no guarantee of a free Medicaid wheelchair, power chair or scooter and those companies who make such promises should be regarded with caution. Since 2003, Medicare and Medicaid have imposed much stricter guidelines in determining who qualifies for medically necessary wheelchairs and the amounts they Medical Equipment Suppliers will cover for such equipment after being the victim of several unscrupulous companies who bilked the insurers for thousands of dollars in fraudulent claims and astronomical prices. Medicaid recipients who have been deemed disabled and requiring a wheelchair should work closely with both Medicare and Medicaid to understand what costs will be covered and what limits will be imposed when looking for a wheelchair as well as whether or not their condition falls under a covered condition category.

3 weeks ago

GE and Philips scan Africa medical market

Judging by the long and determined-looking queue waiting to meet Samuel Were in London last week, executives from medical equipment companies fully grasp the near-$35bn value that the International Finance Corporation puts on Africa's healthcare market.

Dr Were is head of the public-private partnership unit at Kenya's ministry of health and the man every private sector participant needs to pitch to.

Across Africa, spending on healthcare is rising due to changing government priorities, private sector investment and the arrival of global names. Private sector companies deliver half of all healthcare provision in Africa, according to the IFC, and medical equipment companies such a

2 months ago

Physical rehabilitation in South Africa.



The field of physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) has

experienced significant development over the past decade. The

development of outcomes measurement, the introduction of managed health

care, the tangible efficacy of stroke units and a handful of

practitioners who have dedicated their full-time practice to physiatry have contributed to this peak.



PM&R enjoys specialist level recognition in the Western world.

In South Africa, we currently have almost no exposure to rehabilitation

at an undergraduate level, no teaching beds, clinical registrar posts or

postgraduate qualifications available in this field.

2 months ago

Radiation protection and the safe use of X-ray equipment: laws, regulations and responsibilities.

Background. South Africa's regulatory framework for

electromagnetic medical devices has come under considerable criticism.

Here it is reviewed in terms of how it has given form to protective

measures against ionising radiation. The Hazardous Substances Act

provides for effective protection against radiation, but has been

undermined by poor administration and uncertainty about regulations and

licensing conditions. The legal weight of enforcing licensing conditions

through a website without proper consultation with all parties concerned

is questionable and ineffective. Effective and legal radiation control

is possible by activating

2 months ago

Dental Radiology Equipment Market Outlook in BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) to 2018.

NEW YORK, March 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Reportlinker.com announces

that a new market research report is available in its catalogue:

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India, China, South Africa) to 2018



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India, China, South Africa) to 2018

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