Like it or not, some members of the MDA community will soon be trying out Medicare’s competitive acquisition program for “durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies” (DMEPOS). The controversial program goes into effect in nine regions of the country this month.
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Assistive technology reutilization programs make it easier to get low-cost equipment sooner rather than later
Assistive technology (AT) opens up a world of freedom and independence to people with physical disabilities. But lack of money often is a barrier between people and the AT devices and equipment they need.
One option is to get used and recycled AT at a lower cost.
“Reuse offers people an option when there’s no other option,” says Jeremy Buzzell, program specialist for the U.S. Department of...
How to be a savvy shopper
So you want to save money on durable medical equipment (DME)? Buying used equipment can save you 50 percent or more over new, depending on the item, its age and condition.
Prices also vary, depending on where you purchase the used equipment. MDA loan closets will loan out pre-owned DME at no charge to those served by the Association.
Shopping for used durable medical equipment or assistive technology is very much like buying a used car or television set. Whether buying from a friend or relative, at a dealership or through a classified ad, a buyer must be both careful and realistic. Mark Obatake, executive director of the Hawaii Centers for Independent Living in Honolulu, says, "Buying durable medical equipment or...