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    Got word this week that Medicaid is denying my claim for a new hospital bed. My old one of 11 years was damaged in a move and I couldn't elevate the head half anymore. I don't know why we went through Medicaid instead of Medicare, but Medicaid said Medicare should have been billed first.

    So, my supplier Major Medical (colorado Springs) said they don't have a contract with Medicare and have given me thirty days to find a new bed or pay them $750! Suspect I am getting BSed here.

    So, does anyone have sources of used hospital beds? Used to see them in the classifieds all the time, but of course when you really need one it's nowhere to be found. Have found some brokers of used hosptal beds but they seem to carry the larger style used in hospitals. Just need one of the Invacare style home models.

  • #2
    Here in NJ we have Goodwill that sells new/gently used medical equipment and supplies. https://www.goodwillhomemedical.org

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    • #3
      Up around Fort Collins/Loveland/Greeley you can try GoodHealthWill - they often have lightly used/refurbished/repaired full electric beds for relatively low cost ($75-100). Statewide, some of the ILCs have medical equipment loan/rental closets, including full electric beds - annual rental costs relatively low vs Medicare ($125/yr).

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      • #4
        Thanks for the tips...I might check out GoodHealthWill.

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        • #5
          Can you go to another DME who is Medicare certified? Medicare will only pay for rental (for the first year) and then purchase it for you. You could also rent until you get approved for Medicare. Rental on a cheap hospital bed frame like this is not prohibitive.

          Also check out eBay. Here are examples that includes free shipping (you would have to have someone assemble it for you though):

          https://www.ebay.com/itm/Delta-Ultra...item1ebdbc32c8

          https://www.ebay.com/itm/Delta-Ultra...UAAOSwSK1bIR3O

          https://www.ebay.com/itm/Delta-Ultra...sAAOSwunBbIR-K

          https://www.ebay.com/itm/Delta-Ultra...IAAOSwnHZYTp1X

          (KLD)
          The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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          • #6
            Personally I'd check Medicare website to search for a DME in your area that accepts assignment and or if your in competitive biding area(we are not except diabetic supplies):
            https://www.medicare.gov/supplierdirectory/search.html
            Then call each DME ask for assistance and contact your doctor/health team coordinator to fast tract procedure.
            Problem buying used or on your own you will be responsible for repairs, etc.
            Also, when have covered Durable Medical Equipment, like my hospital bed, don't know if time limit, but when we moved here the DME came out and moved bed from old home to this but bed was only 3 months old at time.
            "Good Luck!"
            BTW: If you go with buying used check sites like OffferUp, LetGo and Facebook Marketplace.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by iowegian3 View Post
              So, does anyone have sources of used hospital beds? Used to see them in the classifieds all the time, but of course when you really need one it's nowhere to be found. Have found some brokers of used hosptal beds but they seem to carry the larger style used in hospitals. Just need one of the Invacare style home models.
              A few (somewhat local?) current listings:

              https://cosprings.craigslist.org/sea...20bed&sort=rel

              https://denver.craigslist.org/search...20bed&sort=rel

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              • #8
                i did find this company, they look really reasonable and their reviews are great. Check them our here

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Sambaking View Post
                  i did find this company, they look really reasonable and their reviews are great. Check them our here
                  Please complete your profile.

                  Note that the company's url you posted is in the UK (where I assume you are as well). The OP is in the USA, so this resource is not going to be useful. If you are an employee or owner of this company, your post cannot be approved.

                  (KLD)
                  The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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