In the world of medical supplies and equipment, one thing I learned quickly is never rely on anything. Throwing insurance into the mix is a frustration multiplier.
Never rely! I should have heeded my own words. Still, this equipment order seemed in the bag. Being the day of delivery, what could go wrong? Wasn’t I told just 48 hours prior that everything is a go?
So, when my phone rang just 90 minutes before the 11:30 AM delivery, my heart sunk. Thinking positive thoughts, I answered “What’s the Good News?”. I’m not sure about you, but hearing a person say they have good news and bad news is, well, never good news.
First, the good news. The standing table is approved and will arrive at 11:00. Yipee!
Now, the bad news. The exercise table is built, in inventory, and ready to go, but insurance denied it because it isn’t beneficial. Wasn’t this submitted to Medicaid? Nope. Beautiful.
It turns out that insurance doesn’t see the benefit of an exercise table. Now, I’m no expert… wait, I am an expert … but, how is it there can be no benefit? Are you kidding me? It affords nearly unlimited positioning, prevents blood clots, improves respiratory health, mobility, cognition, reduces urinary tract infections, provides a surface for bathing, is much safer, and the list goes on.
Insurance, in their silly wisdom, claims this can all be done in his bed. I suppose this seems logical to anyone who hasn’t actually been in or treated a coma. I simply cannot achieve the same benefit on a mattress. Thinking from another angle, I would never use an exercise table to perform the functions of a bed.