We all know that Medicare covers many types of medications and medical supplies. But many people are not aware that the Federal medical insurance program covers hospital beds.

However, before you purchase one with the hopes of having it covered, it’s best to do your homework, because like other devices and supplies, not all beds are covered.

The first critical prerequisite is a doctor’s prescription, which should be secured before even considering purchasing a bed. This “Certificate of Necessity” must be filled out the doctor.

If the patient can secure a prescription, Medicare will pay for a hospital bed if the patient can prove that the bed is a medical necessity.

“Medical necessity” can be documented if the patient, for example, must change body positions in ways not feasible in a traditional bed. The patient must also need to have the bed head higher than 30 degrees due to specific ailments.