Medicare keeps coverage for wheelchair trays

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

WASHINGTON – Medicare made a clerical error when it said it considered wheelchair trays, tables or similar products convenience items. The agency said claims for E0950 would be denied as statutorily non-covered, no benefit, according to an LCD and policy article revision posted by the DME MACs on March 16. The article was corrected on March 30. The change was set to take effect retroactively on Jan. 1, 2017. Concerns with the change included the medical necessity of these items and the timing. “They made they change retroactively without any comment period,” stated the Midwest Association of Medical Equipment Services in a bulletin to members. Stakeholders planned to bring up the change at upcoming meetings with the DME MACs in April.