THE SENIOR CITIZEN'S DIABETIC OUTREACH PROGRAM IS A NON PROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT PROVIDES EDUCATION AND SUPPORT TO DIABETICS WITH AN EMPHASIS ON PROMOTING THE MEDICARE THERAPEUTIC SHOE BILL. THIS CONGRESS APPROVED BILL, ESTABLISHED IN 1993 TO HELP PROTECT THE FEET OF DIABETICS, IS VASTLY UNDER UTILIZED. CURRENTLY ONLY 5% OF QUALIFIED DIABETICS ON MEDICARE RECEIVE SHOES, AND MOST HEALTH CARE PRACTITIONERS ARE NOT EVEN AWARE THAT THE PROGRAM EXISTS.
The Program Goal: Provide all qualifying diabetic senior citizens information and access to therapeutic footwear in compliance with the Medicare Therapeutic Shoe Bill of 1993. Therapeutic Footwear is designed to prevent further deterioration of the patient's foot and protect the foot from injury that can lead to amputation. The Program Process: The diabetic contacts the Senior Citizen Diabetic Outreach Program and provides the following information; doctor name and telephone number, Medicare #, medical # or PPO information. Our office will contact the diabetic's doctor to verify the diabetes and have the doctor sign to that fact. Our office will then schedule a representative to go the patient's home and provide a choice of shoes, size the patient and take an imprint of the foot. We then forward this information to a network of prescreened doctors and medical suppliers. The therapeutic shoe is then constructed and delivered to the patient. Medicare and the patient's secondary insurance are then billed. There is no out of pocket expense to the patient and the patient will qualify for another pair of shoes in twelve months.
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