As of 2016, 37 million Americans are classified as disabled. This includes people of all ages, whether temporarily or permanently disabled. One day you may find yourself in a unfortunate situation that is so common yet life changing. You may get into an accident, go through surgery, or possibly even become permanently disabled. If you find yourself in this position its understandable that several things if your life have to change by necessity. One of those is your method of transportation. If you are confined to a wheelchair while you are recovering or suffered a disease or illness that requires you to be in a wheelchair, you may need non emergency medical transportation (NEMT) by wheelchair van.
What is Non-Emergency Medical Transportation?
Non emergency medical transportation is special transportation for temporary or permanently disabled, handicap medical patients. This is transportation of patients or person(s) who are not in a emergency but require more assistance than a bus or taxi can provide. Transportation for the disabled can be in the form of Ambulatory: patients that can walk. Wheelchair transportation: patients that can not walk or have difficulty walking but can support themselves when transferring. Finally, stretcher transportation: Patients who can not support themselves safely in a wheelchair or require constant medical supervision.
What do you use NEMT for?
The fantastic part about NEMT is that you can use it for almost any medical reason. Whether you need to go to a dialysis or medical appointment or even surgery. For transports that are not medically related most insurance companies will likely not cover the transport. That is where non medical transportation comes in handy. Non Medical transportation is the same of the former only for other than medical reasons. I.e school, church, shopping, airport and almost anything else. Please come back for a follow-up article about non medical transportation.
Most Non emergency medical transportation companies require the patient or facility scheduling the transport to make the reservations as far in advance as possible. To get the time you need for transportation is is best to schedule as far in advance as possible to ensure that the company will be able to fit your transport in for the time and date you selected.
In Denver, all Medicaid requests are required to go through the Non emergency medical transportation broker Veyo. If you are on Medicaid or Medicare, the state government of Colorado has provided a vast wealth of information about how to get transportation on their Health Care Policy & Financing website. If you don’t have Medicaid but would like to see if you qualify you can go to Colorado’s Medicaid Programs website, Health First Colorado for more information.
Most Non emergency medical transport companies take payment is several manners. The first being private payers. These are patients that pay for the transportation out of pocket. If you are not able to pay out of pocket your insurance may cover the transportation. At Peak we recommend that you check with your insurance provider before scheduling transportation to make sure its covered. Finally, if you are on Medicaid or Medicare you may be able to get your transportation covered through them.
Why go with Non Emergency Medical transportation instead of a Taxi?
The biggest reason to go with a non emergency medical transportation company is the quality of care. Every NEMT company requires their drivers to be medically trained. Most require just basic First Aid and CPR but some even require their drivers to be certified Emergency Medical Technicians such as at Peak Medical Transport. This higher level of medical knowledge and training allows the drivers to be more aware of the patients medical issues and cater to their specific needs as many do. Taxi and bus services transport a large number of people and are unable to provide the same if any patient care that NEMT companies can.
Benefits of NEMT
The biggest benefit to NEMT is the independence that if offers to patients. At Peak we know that going to medical appointments and hospitals is not fun so we try to make it as enjoyable as possible. We want your experience to start off on a good note. Providing the patients more independence in their daily lives is the main benefit of our service so that you or your loved ones can still experience all that life has to offer. At peak we also offer very affordable rates so you don’t break the bank. We know wheelchair transportation isn’t cheap so we try to make it worth your while.
If you are requiring wheelchair transportation start with Peak Medical Transport. For more information or to make an appointment you can do so over the phone at 1 (800) 215-5049 or online at our make a reservation page. As always, you can email us with any questions you may have at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to our Contact Us page to submit directly.