DME MAC issues joystick advice

Thursday, July 31, 2008

WASHINGTON--One of the DME MACs in June released advice on how to bill for standard proportional remote joysticks when they’re provided at the time of initial issue of power wheelchairs. No separate billing is necessary, according to National Heritage Insurance Co., the DME MAC for Jurisdiction A. “Payment is included in the allowance for the power wheelchair base,” the NHIC stated. The same goes for nonexpandable controllers provided at the time of initial issue. For expandable controllers, bill separately and use codes E2377 (expandable controller) and E2313 (harness for upgrade to expandable controller).