How Long Does It Take for a Response From Medicare Regarding Acquiring a Mobility Scooter?


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In states where Medicare requires preauthorization before dispensing a mobility scooter, the company provides a response within 10 business days; but if going without the scooter could cause harm to the patient's health, the response time is sooner. Medicare notifies both the scooter provider and the patient of its response.

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The process of having Medicare pay for the mobility scooter begins with a doctor's appointment. The doctor prescribes the scooter for patients who have difficulty with mobility in their homes. In order to qualify, it must be a medical necessity for use in the home, although once the patient has the scooter he can also use it outside the home.

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