Foot and Ankle, Inc
Rhode Island Foot and Ankle, Inc has been providing excellence in podiatric medicine and surgery since 1993. We are dedicated to providing the most complete and comprehensive podiatric care in Rhode Island.
Dr. Volpe and Dr. DeHaven have extensive experience and training in all ailments of the foot and ankle. We are up to date on the most advanced treatments for all foot related conditions and we strive to deliver the most appropriate treatment for each individual patient from conservative care to reconstructive foot surgery.
"Our goal is to deliver each and every patient with the knowledge of their foot condition and offer and begin a treatment program with the highest quality of care."
-John A. Volpe, DPM
Medicare Diabetic Program
Medicare will cover the cost of one pair of therapeutic shoes (diabetic shoes) and inserts for people with diabetes if you have a medical need for them. The Medicare payment for therapeutic shoes is subject to the requirement that they are necessary and reasonable for protection of insensitive feet or neuropathy (nerve damage in the feet).
To ensure that Medicare pays for your shoes, you must follow the steps below:
Your treating doctor must complete a certificate of medical necessity for the therapeutic shoes and document the need in your medical records.
The shoes and inserts must be prescribed by a podiatrist or other qualified doctor and provided by a podiatrist, orthotist, prosthetist, or pedorthist.
The supplier must receive the order before Medicare is billed and must keep it on file.
If you receive your Medicare through a Medicare Advantage Plan (like an HMO or PPO) it is likely you will have to follow the plan's steps for approval and purchase. Make a point of calling your plan's customer service number and ask about their steps for coverage of diabetic shoes.
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