Work continues in pursuing Medicare coverage of power seat elevation and standing systems used with complex power wheelchairs.
As part of the ITEM Coalition workgroup, NCART met with CMS on October 11. CMS is currently reviewing the 3,500+ comments submitted for power seat elevation systems and will issue a decision memo in February 2023. A second 30-day public comment period will then be opened for stakeholders to respond to the memo. Once those comments are reviewed, CMS will issue a final coverage determination in May of 2023.
Stakeholders also asked CMS for the status of moving forward with the process of opening the comment period for power standing systems. While they acknowledged receipt of the Congressional letters sent by both the House of Representatives and the Senate (the letters can be read by visiting www.protectmymobility.org) urging them to take needed action, they did not offer additional information on an expected timeline.
NCART will be leading industry efforts to secure appropriate coverage, coding, and payment for this important technology. We will continue to provide updates as they become available.