Therapeutic shoes for diabetes: Medicare coverage?By Mayo Clinic staff
Original Article: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/therapeutic-shoes/MY01887
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Nancy Klobassa Davidson, R.N., B.S.N, C.D.E
Nancy Klobassa Davidson is a registered nurse who has worked in diabetes education for 17 years. She is a certified diabetes educator (C.D.E.) and is currently in graduate school working on a Master of Science in nursing (M.S.N.) and health care education.
Nancy works with adults who have type 1, type 2 and other forms of diabetes. Nancy is coordinator of the Diabetes Unit's intensive insulin therapy program within the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism, & Nutrition at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Nancy has worked extensively with insulin pump therapy and continuous interstitial glucose sensing.
Peggy Moreland, R.N., M.S.N.
Peggy Moreland is a certified diabetes educator (C.D.E.) in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism, & Nutrition at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
Peggy graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing and Health Care Education from the University of Phoenix and is a member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators and the American Diabetes Association. A certified diabetes educator (C.D.E.), Peggy enjoys working with patients to set and achieve diabetes self-management goals.
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Therapeutic shoes for diabetes: Medicare coverage?
By Nancy Klobassa Davidson, R.N., and Peggy Moreland, R.N.
This blog is the second in a three-part series in which we discuss Medicare coverage for diabetes supplies.
Foot care is an important part of diabetes care. Medicare Part B covers foot exams every 6 months if you already have peripheral neuropathy — loss of protective feeling in your feet — as long as you haven't seen a foot care professional for another reason between visits.
Medicare Part B also covers therapeutic shoes or inserts if you have diabetes and have severe diabetic foot disease. For this to be covered, the doctor who treats your diabetes must certify your need for therapeutic shoes or inserts. And the shoes and inserts must be prescribed by a podiatrist or other qualified doctor and provided by a podiatrist, orthotist, prosthetist or pedorthist.
For these supplies and services, you pay 20 percent of the Medicare approved amount after the yearly Part B deductible.
As with any government program, you may encounter some red tape or regulations with Medicare. But with persistence and a little knowledge, you can benefit from the available services that Medicare provides. Your feet deserve it. They are your foundation.
Next time, we'll discuss whether and when Medicare covers insulin pumps.