Study: Power Chairs And Scooters Save Medicare More Money
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
March 25, 2005
BRYAN, TEXAS--The federal government can save a lot more money in the long run than previously reported when it provides power wheelchairs or scooters to people who have disabilities that affect their mobility, a new study has revealed.
According to the economics consulting firm RRC, Inc. an analysis of data from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services revealed that Medicare saved up to $8,760 over a recent three-year period by providing a power wheelchair or scooter to a single individual.
The number represents a 65% increase in potential savings over another analysis published over a year ago.
"We determined the savings for those receiving power vehicles were due to lower Medicare expenditures for inpatient hospitalization, home health care, skilled nursing facilities, and carrier costs," said Dr. Donald House, an economist who co-authored the study. "These are the same types of expenditures in which savings were identified in our first study."