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Medicare Information

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Lift Chairs are only partially covered by Medicare. Medicare will only cover the cost of the seat lift mechanism. In New York State, the Medicare allowable for this mechanism is $345.46. Medicare will pay 80% after your annual deductible if you qualify based on the Medicare guidelines listed below.

When you buy from Home Medical Equipment, we will work with you and your physician to get the required documentation required by Medicare (link to CMN below). Once we have the required documentation, we will process your claim non-assigned (Medicare will make payment or denial directly to you) with Medicare. At Home Medical Equipment, we strive for a level of customer care and satisfaction that you won’t find anywhere else.

Indications and Limitations of Coverage and/or Medical Necessity

For any item to be covered by Medicare, it must 1) be eligible for a defined Medicare benefit category, 2) be reasonable and necessary for the diagnosis or treatment of illness or injury or to improve the functioning of a malformed body member, and 3) meet all other applicable Medicare statutory and regulatory requirements. For the items addressed in this medical policy, the criteria for “reasonable and necessary” are defined by the following indications and limitations of coverage and/or medical necessity.

For an item addressed in this policy to be covered by Medicare, a written signed and dated order must be received by the supplier prior to delivery of the item. If the supplier delivers the item prior to receipt of a written order, it will be denied as noncovered. If the written order is not obtained prior to delivery, payment will not be made for that item even if a written order is subsequently obtained. If a similar item is subsequently provided by an unrelated supplier who has obtained a written order prior to delivery, it will be eligible for coverage.

A seat lift mechanism is covered if all of the following criteria are met:

1) The patient must have severe arthritis of the hip or knee or have a severe neuromuscular disease.

2) The seat lift mechanism must be a part of the physician’s course of treatment and be prescribed to effect improvement, or arrest or retard deterioration in the patient’s condition.

3) The patient must be completely incapable of standing up from a regular armchair or any chair in their home. (The fact that a patient has difficulty or is even incapable of getting up from a chair, particularly a low chair, is not sufficient justification for a seat lift mechanism. Almost all patients who are capable of ambulating can get out of an ordinary chair if the seat height is appropriate and the chair has arms.)

4) Once standing, the patient must have the ability to ambulate.

Coverage of seat lift mechanisms is limited to those types which operate smoothly, can be controlled by the patient, and effectively assist a patient in standing up and sitting down without other assistance. Excluded from coverage is the type of lift which operates by spring release mechanism with a sudden, catapult-like motion and jolts the patient from a seated to a standing position.
Coverage is limited to the seat lift mechanism, even if it is incorporated into a chair (E0627). Payment for a seat lift mechanism incorporated into a chair (E0627) is based on the allowance for the least costly alternative (E0628, E0629).

The physician ordering the seat lift mechanism must be the treating physician or a consulting physician for the disease or condition resulting in the need for a seat lift. The physician’s record must document that all appropriate therapeutic modalities (e.g., medication, physical therapy) have been tried and failed to enable the patient to transfer from a chair to a standing position.

Link to Medicare Certificate of Medical Necessity Form.

For more information, please call or email our customer service representatives at (516) 505-1200, info@hmeny.com.