Medicare Proposes Benefit Expansion for Seat Elevation Equipment on Power Wheelchairs
March 2, 2023
On February 15, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a preliminary decision
that would, for the first time, expand Medicare coverage for power seat elevation equipment on certain power wheelchairs. If finalized, power seat elevation equipment would be covered by Medicare for individuals with a Group 3 power wheelchair.
In September 2022, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (Society) submitted comments urging CMS to consider evidence in support of the medical necessity of these devices in helping individuals living with MS to continue to maintain their independence and dignity. In these comments, we shared recent scientific evidence showing that these devices minimize the risk of developing repetitive stress injuries from wheelchair use and that the devices provide psychological benefits as they allow an individual to participate in eye-to-eye conversation.
CMS is currently seeking comments on this proposed decision until March 17, 2023. The agency is also asking for comments on whether coverage of power seat elevation equipment should extend to Group 2 power wheelchairs. The Society will be participating in this comment period and will thank CMS for the preliminary decision and urge CMS to extend coverage to Group 2 power wheelchair users.
Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable disease of the central nervous system. Currently there is no cure. Symptoms vary from person to person and may include disabling fatigue, mobility challenges, cognitive changes, and vision issues. An estimated 1 million people live with MS in the United States. Early diagnosis and treatment are critical to minimize disability. Significant progress is being made to achieve a world free of MS.
The National MS Society, founded in 1946, is the global leader of a growing movement dedicated to creating a world free of MS. The Society funds cutting-edge research for a cure, drives change through advocacy and provides programs and services to help people affected by MS live their best lives. Connect to learn more and get involved: nationalMSsociety.org, Facebook, X, formerly known as Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or 1-800-344-4867.