May 18, 2021 Louise Savoie

Medicare’s New Policy on Walk-In Bathtubs for Seniors

Since original Medicare doesn’t consider walk-in bathtubs as durable medical equipment, original Medicare will not pay for the cost of a walk-in tub nor will they contribute to the cost of installation. However, if a patient is a Medicare Advantage policyholder, it may be a different story.

In 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the expansion of health-related supplemental benefits through Medicare Advantage (MA) plans. Since the term “health related supplemental benefits” was not specifically defined, it is left to interpretation. However, items or services bought should be utilized to:

  • Prevent, diagnose, or treat a disease or injury
  • Make up for physical injuries/weaknesses
  • Better the functional and/or psychological effect of physical/health issues
  • Assist in reducing the need for emergency care

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