Western Medical Equipment in Jackson is now certified to bill Medicare after successfully completing the Medicare accreditation process.
Owner Tucker Offutt said there has been a need for a Medicare provider in the county ever since the only other oxygen and medical equipment provider relocated to Alpine two years ago.
“There’s been this need for someone in Teton County who can help out, especially in the respiratory category for people using Medicare,” Offutt said. “We are now filling that need.”
Western Medical decided to meet this need and become a Medicare provider when COVID-19 struck. During a time when parts of the business were slower, the company took this large step to expand services, staff training and partner with a company specialized in home medical equipment billing.
“We will be able to bill Medicare for oxygen, CPAP and some post-operative products,” Offutt said.
“Gabrielle Seddon, a co-owner of the company, and I had the time to think strategically on our long-term goals,” Offutt said. “We committed ourselves to putting in the extra work to serve a wider range of the Teton County community’s needs.”
As a medical equipment supplier that sells items in a variety of categories — such as maternity, bed and bath safety and high-quality hemp cannabinoid (CBD and CBG) products — the focus has always been on serving members of the community and visitors to the area, too.
The company carries hospital beds, blood pressure cuffs, ramps, wound care products and a wide variety of mobility products such as power scooters, electric wheelchairs, walkers and transport chairs.
“The real crux of our decision-making in terms of inventory is driven by what doctors, physical therapists, and patients need and request,” Offutt said.
Western Medical has increased its inventory of respiratory products, such as tanked medical oxygen. Customers can also find pulse oximeters, no-touch thermometers and five brands of masks and sanitizers.
Offutt said his business is very cautious about sanitizing and requiring people to wear masks, especially since his employees come into contact with many people in high-risk groups.
In responding to COVID-19, Western Medical has maintained the same mission it always has: to focus on supplying products people need.