Briefs: Clinician Task Force, Noridian, Active American

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Task Force: Seating should be included

ATLANTA - The Clinician Task Force plans to petition the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) to include assistive technology and seating and positioning in the latest edition of its "Guide to Physical Therapist Practice." "Right now, they're not in there to the level of detail that we'd like them to be," said Laura Cohen, co-coordinator of the task force. It's important for them to be included, she says, because policymakers like Medicare and Medicaid look to the guide to determine best practices.

Noridian reports errors for K0004

FARGO, N.D. - Claims for high strength lightweight wheelchairs (K0004) have a 93% error ratio, according to a review by Noridian Administrative Services, the DME MAC for Jurisdiction D. Noridian reviewed 108 claims, paid eight and denied 100. The most frequent reasons for denials: lack of documentation (38 claims). To read the review in full, go to

Cigna clarifies billing rules for electronics

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Cigna Government Services, the DME MAC for Jurisdiction C, clarified the process for billing power wheelchair electronics in a bulletin in June. One piece of advice: When one power seating function/actuator/motor is provided on a power wheelchair, one unit of E2310 (electronic connection between wheelchair controller and one power seating system motor) is allowed. To read the bulletin in full, go to

Active American expands in Texas

HOUSTON - Active American Mobility opened its fifth location earlier this year, in San Antonio, Texas. "We opened our rehab division in 2007 and it has been successful beyond our dreams," stated Solomon Adams, vice president and owner of Active American. "In a short time, Active American has garnered a loyal and growing following of rehab facilities, clinicians and patients."

Short takes

Mark Lore, president and CEO of Ride-Away, was one of the speakers at the recent Blue Ribbon Panel "ADA 20/20: Looking Back, Looking Forward on Mobility" in Washington, D.C. in July...The Scooter Store has donated a scooter to Brenden Adams, who at 7 feet 4.6 inches tall is the world's tallest teenager.