As you may know, Medicare will pay big time for patient devices with a specific medical purpose. BUT they won’t cover products designed for the general public – even if the purpose is similar. Armed with this knowledge and a bit of invention, I have taken some “general public” products and have reinvented them for a “specific medical purpose.” Soon I will be manufacturing them and can step up to the Medicare trough.
Specific Medical Device: Forest-based, Renewable, Medical Report Symbol Delivery Device
Description: This new product is specifically for geezers to keep track of data relevant to their medical condition as reported to them by their doctor or nurse. This octagonal shaped device is made from an eco-friendly forest-based product, with a white exterior in keeping with medical office décor. It comes with a rubber-based record removal device on one end. The “general public” version of this product is called a “pencil.”
Cost: Pencil: 19 cents each Medicare version of product: $5.27 each (10% discount for lots of 1000 or more)
Specific Medical Device: Lined Note Acceptance Apparatus
Description: This new product is specifically designed for use in conjunction with the patient’s Medical Report Symbol Delivery Device. This apparatus allows capture of the symbols produced by that device. This square, papyrus-based object has sky blue horizontal guidelines that run from edge to edge at a 180 degree angle. It enhances the symbol-reading ability of the senior citizen patient. The retail version of this device is called “lined paper.”
Cost: Ream of paper: $2.95 Medicare Apparatus: 500 units of the apparatus are $89.95 with discounts available for larger orders.
Specific Medical Device: Visual Spectrum Elucidator
Description: An additional device to be used with the Lined Note Acceptance Apparatus. This glass-based product, when electrically charged, emits particles that bounce off the Acceptance Apparatus and reflect in the patient’s eyes, thus visually enhancing the symbols on the Apparatus. Without this elucidator, the patient would be in the dark. The general purpose version of this product is called a “bulb.”
Cost: Bulb: $1.99 Medicare Visual Spectrum Elucidator: 9.99 each; 10 for $100.
Specific Medical Device: Chronological Medication Segmentation Tool
Description: This electrically based product uses two separate measuring devices, working in tandem, to isolate a base 12 number system. The measuring devices come in “long” and “short” lengths so the user can distinguish them. Each device, in turn, refers to a different segment of the base 12 system. By using this tool, the patient, after a short training session, can determine when they should be consuming their medication. The general public version of this product is called a “clock.”
Cost: Clock: 9.99. Medicare Chronological Medication Segmentation tool: $29.95. CD with training: $14.95
Specific Medical Device: Circular Liquid Gauge Device
Description: This cylindrical device, made of biodegradable plastic, is sealed at the bottom and angles upward to an opening at the top. Along its sides are raised red marking lines. When pouring liquid into this device, it will rise to a red marking specified by the patient, unless the patient has shaky hands. The general public version of this product is called a “measuring cup.”
Cost: Plastic measuring cup: 10 cents. Medicare Liquid Gauge Device: $19.99 (Available with raised black markings for $21.99)
Specific Medical Device: Keratin Curtailment Instrument
Description: This instrument is composed of two sharp semi-circular pieces of polished stainless steel that can be pressed together by the patient. This action will result in the curtailment of the keratin-based envelope covering the dorsal aspect of the patient’s terminal phalanges. The general public version of this product is called a “fingernail clipper.”
Cost: Fingernail clipper: $1.99. Medicare Instrument: 14.98
If you wish to join me in this soon to be profitable venture, please submit your own patient devices for review.