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CMS is taking comments as it decides if it should cover seat elevation systems for power wheelchairs.
Among other things, Medicare requires durable medical equipment (DME) to “primarily and customarily be used to serve a medical purpose and make a meaningful contribution to the treatment of the individual’s illness or injury…when used in the home.”
Workers’ comp pros know these systems facilitate safe transfer to other surfaces and improve circulation and skin integrity– helping prevent pressure injuries (wounds.) Seat elevation also reduces the risk of muscle strain that comes from wheelchair users constantly looking and reaching upward.
The comment period, open until Sept. 14, gives workers’ comp a chance to help CMS understand these medical benefits.
There are links to great resources in Laurie Watanabe’s Mobility Management article.
Submit your comments here and email a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org