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Old 05-08-2016, 18:04   #11
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If you can see your feet and are ABLE to cut your own, cut your own. Medicare doesn't cover this service (and many insurance companies also do not). Now, this assumes you are agile and can see your feet. As to nail salons, if this is important to you, ask your podiatrist if he or she can recommend a place that has a good reputation for meeting safety standards. My state (MN) does not adequately inspect nail salons IMHO (the regulations are for the business, not the nail technicians beyond a 350 hour training requirement), so given that I have higher risk of infection, I would not go to one.

Here's a brief article that addresses the issue.

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If you can see your feet and are ABLE to cut your own, cut your own. Medicare doesn't cover this service (and many insurance companies also do not).
True Medicare with not pay for a pedicure, but I would like to see a reference validating the above statement made by you. I know that what I am having done is covered by Medicare and my insurance company. I have my nails trimmed and the podiatrist looks my feet over for anything that might be wrong.

I feel that your statement is in error and since you are not probably not on Medicare, you need to talk to a podiatrist that serves Medicare patients before making statements like the above.

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I think that's the point - pedicure vs nails trimmed as part of a visit. My podiatrist cut my nails when I was there, but I couldn't have submitted to insurance regular nail trimming/cutting by him, and my podiatrist visits (thankfully!) are far enough apart that my nails would grow outside my shoes if I waited for him to trim them.

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Not true! Medicare does pay for diabetic foot care which includes nail trimming and inspection of the bottoms of the feet. I have been receiving this care for the past 5 years through Medicare and my secondary insurance also pays for diabetic foot care.

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True Medicare with not pay for a pedicure, but I would like to see a reference validating the above statement made by you. I know that what I am having done is covered by Medicare and my insurance company. I have my nails trimmed and the podiatrist looks my feet over for anything that might be wrong.

I feel that your statement is in error and since you are not probably not on Medicare, you need to talk to a podiatrist that serves Medicare patients before making statements like the above.
I am on Medicare and my disabled brother (also on Medicare) sees a podiatrist regularly. That's why I know about the coverage. If your Medicare and supplemental are covering your foot nail care, then either you have a serious foot problem that is not considered maintenance or your podiatrist has figured out how to code around the system OR has requested an authorization for an exception. Please note that I am referring to Original Medicare coverage. Advantage Plans often cover a lot of other stuff not covered under Original Medicare.

https://www.medicare.gov/coverage/foot-care.html

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Not true! Medicare does pay for diabetic foot care which includes nail trimming and inspection of the bottoms of the feet. I have been receiving this care for the past 5 years through Medicare and my secondary insurance also pays for diabetic foot care.
https://www.medicare.gov/coverage/foot-care.html

Again, let me say that you have to have a serious foot problem, not just have diabetes to have a podiatrist regularly cut your toenails. Someone with extensive neuropathy is probably covered without further paperwork. If you do not have neuropathy or other foot problems, then creative coding or applying for an exception is the only other way to get around it. Also, an Advantage plan covers different things from Original Medicare.

I would happy to be wrong, but too many people have been stuck with a podiatrist's bill thinking that they would be covered and they are not. So, simply be prepared to pay.

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