CMS Opens Public Comment Period on Seat Elevation

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on Aug. 15 the opening of a 30-day public comment period on national coverage analysis for power seat elevation systems as an accessory to Power Wheelchairs (Group 3). This will run through Sept. 14.

The purpose of this national coverage analysis is to determine if the use of power seat elevation systems in association with Group 3 power wheelchairs for the purpose of performing non-level transfers, is a medical function that would, in conjunction with other factors and considerations, allow a benefit category and coverage determination for these systems.

CMS is soliciting public comment relevant to the request. According to CMS, they are specifically interested in scientific literature that provides evidence of the medical necessity of seat elevation systems by studying the measurable characteristics related to the performance of transfers.

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