Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Definition of orthopedic shoes

Anderson Harold R.

I was just asked to confirm the need for “orthopedic” shoes for a patient so

that Medicaid would pay for them. I’ve got a number of issues with this

request but it did bring up an interesting question. What is the “accepted”

definition of “orthopedic shoes”?

My understanding has been that orthopedic shoes are shoes specially designed

to accomodate an orthopedic deformity or insensate foot.

I believe that I’m being asked to redefine orthopedic shoes to mean “any

shoe used to accomodate an orthopedic problem”. This, of course opens up

the opportunity for many people to obtain shoes through Medicaid who do not

need special shoes. Can we use the term “orthopedic” to get Medicaid to pay

for shoes to accomodate FOs?

Interested in your responses.

Harold Anderson, CO

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