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 Manual Wheelchair Coverage

 

Medicare:

 

A manual wheelchair may be covered if:

 

  • The beneficiary has a mobility limitation that significantly impairs his/her abilities to participate in one or more Mobility Related Activities of Daily Living (MRABL’s) in the home (toileting, feeding, dressing, grooming and bathing).  A mobility limitation is one that prevents one from accomplishing MRADLs, or causes a heightened risk of illness/injury or death secondary to the attempts to participate in MRALs, or prevents one from completing MRADLs within a reasonable time frame.  In addition, equipment may be covered if other conditions limit the ability to participate in MRADLs (e.g., impaired cognition or vision).

 

  • The beneficiary/caregiver is able to use the equipment safely.

 

  • A walker or cane is not sufficient.

 

  • The home environment must be able to support the use of the equipment.

 

  • Physician chart notes and/or a PT/OT assessment documents: The beneficiary’s medical history including use of other equipment, mobility limitations and ability to operate equipment, mobility limitations and ability to operate equipment safely must be documented.

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