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    Ergo Seating

    I am going to order a new wheelchair within the next week. Does anybody know if Medicare will pay for ergo seating ? My posture has deteriorated from pelvic tilt to my right side. My friend let me use his Top End Crossfire that had ergo seating and it was unbelievable. I have never sat straighter and the push propulsion you get makes the chair so much easier to push. Thanks.

    -Ronnie

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    The rules of engagement with Medicare when ordering a new chair are quite specific. First, your doctor makes a referral to an occupational or physical therapist, who hopefully has an Assistive Technology Certification (ATP) or a Seating and Mobility Specialist Certification (SMS). During your appointment the therapist evaluates your needs and writes a prescription. The prescription then needs to be signed by your doctor. Once all of that is out of the way, you can contact a durable medical equipment supplier who will order a chair according to the specifications in the prescription. The durable medical equipment supplier must accept Medicare assigned payment.

    Of course you can discuss your seating preferences with the therapist, and if he/she can make a good case for it, there is a reasonable chance that Medicare will cover it. But, with Medicare, you just never know until you take a run at it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gjnl View Post
    The rules of engagement with Medicare when ordering a new chair are quite specific. First, your doctor makes a referral to an occupational or physical therapist, who hopefully has an Assistive Technology Certification (ATP) or a Seating and Mobility Specialist Certification (SMS). During your appointment the therapist evaluates your needs and writes a prescription. The prescription then needs to be signed by your doctor. Once all of that is out of the way, you can contact a durable medical equipment supplier who will order a chair according to the specifications in the prescription. The durable medical equipment supplier must accept Medicare assigned payment.

    Of course you can discuss your seating preferences with the therapist, and if he/she can make a good case for it, there is a reasonable chance that Medicare will cover it. But, with Medicare, you just never know until you take a run at it.
    Thanks gjnl.....I have seen my doctor (physiatrist) and she wrote an order and sent it to the seating and positioning specialist. There will also be a DME vendor (NuMotion) at the appointment who is an ATP. Hopefully they will justify my need for ergo seating.

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