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The rehab industry scored a victory last week when the medical directors agreed to add some but not all of the diagnoses it suggested to the list of conditions that qualify patients for skin protection and seat and back cushions for wheelchairs. For skin protection cushions, approved diagnoses now include 342.0 hemiplegia/hemiparesis, 333.4 Huntington's chorea, 333.6 idiopathic torsion dystonia,  333.71 athetoid cerebral palsy and transverse myelitis. For seat and back cushions, they include 879 traumatic amputation of leg (complete or partial), 756.51 osteogenesis imperfecta and transverse myelitis. The industry seeks to continue working with the medical directors to change the local coverage determination (LCD) for seating so it's more clinically driven, not diagnosis-driven.

Liz Beaulieu