Important Contact Information
Preparing for Surgery
Insurance & Financial Obligations
Post-Op Instructions & Exercises
Return to Work Information
Durable Medical Equipment
Acknowledgement of Patient Responsibility
You are currently scheduled for surgery with Dr. Brian Cole, MD, and may be prescribed durable medical equipment for use postoperatively. Equipment may include a brace, Continuous Passive Motion (CPM) Machine, Ultrasling (shoulder) or an ice compression device (knee, elbow or shoulder). It is recommended that you use the equipment prescribed to facilitate your postoperative recovery and rehabilitation. We believe that when prescribed, these devices are an integral part of achieving a successful outcome.
Miomed, Motion Medical Technologies and Scheck and Siress are the primary companies that our office works with to provide equipment if it is deemed medically necessary by Dr. Cole. Other companies may also provide similar equipment. Prior to your surgery, our office will submit your insurance and pertinent clinical information to the appropriate company so that they can verify your insurance benefits. Their staff will attempt to contact you prior to surgery to discuss your insurance coverage and the possibility of "out-of-pocket" expenses. Out-of-pocket expenses will depend on the terms of your individual insurance policy. Please understand that by its very nature, insurance is considered "risk sharing" and most carriers will not cover all aspects of your peri-operative care leaving some expenses for patient responsibility.
Following your surgery, if the insurance does not cover the prescribed equipment, the company will submit a letter of medical necessity to your insurance to appeal this decision. There is still no guarantee of payment and certain insurance policies will not cover equipment, regardless of the significant benefit and medical necessity. Please contact your insurance company prior to your surgery to verify your Durable Medical Equipment (DME) benefits. If you are unclear as to what equipment may be prescribed for you following surgery, please call Valerie McKenzie at 312-432-2352 or Alison Marczewski at 312-432-2381. Following surgery, we recommend that you contact the DME company directly with any concerns.
If you have any further questions please contact Alison or Valerie at the numbers above. You may also contact the equipment companies directly at:
Motion Medical: 888-847-6903
Miomed (If surgery is at Oak Park Hospital): 773-477-8991
Scheck & Siress (If surgery is at the Rush Surgicenter): 312-942-2011
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