E1161: New code for adult tilt-in-space

Monday, June 30, 2003

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - In a May article, “RATC says no cap for K0009,” we alluded to the K0009 code as the tilt-in-space wheelchair. In fact, the K0009 code is a “not otherwise coded” wheelchair. The RATC submitted a HCPCS code application to CMS in March of 2002 requesting the creation of a new HCPCS code for adult manual tilt-in-space wheelchairs. When the code was granted, CMS categorized the new code under the payment category of capped rental. After receiving additional information from the industry, CMS has changed the payment category for the E1161 to inexpensive or routinely purchased. This will go into effect July 1. Prior to that, suppliers can bill adult manual tilt-in-space using the K0009 code.