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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.
Nancy Klobassa Davidson, R.N.
Peggy Moreland, R.N.
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My husban has severe neuropathy in his feet but he is not diabetic. Does medicare still cover shoes for him?
My husband is 54 and I know it is hard to take in, but he has only had 600 calories a day, for the last seven weeks, as he has read that this will cure his diabetes. Has anyone experience of this please. He is finding it very difficult. It seems there was a study done in Scotland and it worked. Why is everyone not doing it if it so hard but works? Any ideas or info would really be apriciated please
I much prefer infromaitve articles like this to that high brow literature.
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