Caught on tape: New PMD policies impact beneficiaries

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

LONGMONT, Colo. - Sunrise Medical developed a 12-minute video to help NCART show legislators how CMS's new policies for power mobility devices would affect beneficiaries. The video follows a 54-year-old Medicare beneficiary named Tom as he demonstrates his daily activities in a wheelchair. In the first several minutes of the film, Tom, who has MS, demonstrates a stand-and-pivot transfer from his power wheelchair to his bed. Without a powered seating system or a full-time assistant, he couldn't complete the transfer, but under the new coverage criteria, Tom wouldn't qualify for the chair he currently uses. Sunrise and NCART officials say the tape helped spur legislators to contact CMS about the policies.