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AAH comments on power seat elevation 

AAH comments on power seat elevation 

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare and other industry stakeholders last week submitted comments on CMS’s proposed national coverage determination for power seat elevation for complex power wheelchairs ahead of a deadline on March 17.   

In its comments, the association urged CMS to: 

  • Finalize the proposed benefit category determination holding that power seat elevation systems are primarily medical in nature and are considered DME under the Medicare benefit; and finalize the proposed coverage determination holding that these systems are reasonable and necessary for Medicare beneficiaries who use Group 3 and above CRT power wheelchairs to perform transfers for the purpose of performing or participating in mobility related activities of daily living (MRADLs);  

  • Include coverage for Medicare beneficiaries who need seat elevation to improve their reach and line of sight to support shoulder, upper spine and neck integrity, while performing or participating in MRADLs;  

  • Include coverage of seat elevation for Medicare beneficiaries who use Group 2 CRT power wheelchairs in the final NCD; and  

  • Provide important clarifications to the proposed NCD, including further detail regarding “weight-bearing transfers,” beneficiaries using patient transfer devices, and the specific criteria for specialty evaluations.  

Read the comments in full here.  


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