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How can I meet Medicare requirements for therapeutic footwear for people with diabetes?

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In order to receive payment for therapeutic shoes and inserts, Medicare also requires that:

1. A podiatrist or other qualified doctor prescribe the shoes

2. A doctor or other qualified professional, such as a pedorthist, orthotist, or prosthetist fits and provides the shoes

Note that, in most cases, the certifying physician and the prescribing physician will be two different individuals.

Medicare.gov: Medicare’s Coverage of Diabetes Supplies & Services.

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases of The National Institutes of Health. Publication: Feet Can Last a Lifetime: Medicare Coverage of Therapeutic Footwear for People with Diabetes. 1998. 

Reviewed by Sarah Goodell on May 31, 2018

Medicare.gov: Medicare’s Coverage of Diabetes Supplies & Services.

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases of The National Institutes of Health. Publication: Feet Can Last a Lifetime: Medicare Coverage of Therapeutic Footwear for People with Diabetes. 1998. 

Reviewed by Sarah Goodell on May 31, 2018

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