Power Wheelchair & Scooter Price Reimbursement Bumped by Medicare

The Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced that it has bumped the reimbursement rate for power mobility devices (power wheelchairs and scooters). CMS increased payments for the K0823 class of chairs/scooters by $75.20 and and the K0825 class by $277.60.

 

This bump in prices was an adjustment to the November changes to power wheelchair and electric scooter reimbursement changes. It was then that CMS lowered reimbursement rates by as much as 38 percent. The increases today are in response to errors in the original calculations.

Industry watchers say that the bump in rate is still not enough. Most motorized wheelchair and electric scooter providers were hoping for significantly higher adjustments.

CMS announced that the changes will be retroactive back to the original changes in reimbursement, which took place Nov. 15th. Providers can request additional revenue for any claims paid during that time.

4 Responses to Power Wheelchair & Scooter Price Reimbursement Bumped by Medicare

  • karen maher says:

    I have a friend in a nursing home that is a quadraphaligic. He cannot move any body part and would like to know if he is eliable for a wheelchair that is electric and that is controlled by his tongue. Any information you can send me will be wonderful as of now he is not able to do anything unless he has someone to push his wheelchair for him. As I said earlier he is in a nursing home and is on medicad.
    Thanks for any help!
    karen Maher

  • kyle says:

    Before electric motor scooters were invented, handicapped people had no choice but to contend with a limited mobile life. Sure, a wheelchair can get them from one point of the house to another, but it doesn’t have the ability to travel long distances. On the contrary, an electric motor scooter can bring them from the house to the grocery store and back effortlessly, so they don’t feel cooped up and useless.

  • Liz says:

    We are an electric scooter company that builds & provides scooters that have been combined with coolers. A wonderful conveinent scooter! We are looking on becoming certified for medicad & medicare to distribute our scooters to those disabled. We are looking for any informartion on how to obtain certification to provide our scooters as an assistance mobility device

  • Sue says:

    If you have even a limited ability to walk, there may be some good transportation options, such as using a lift into the trunk of car, when using a scooter. For children, who may be walking only limited distances, a scooter can provide “a cool” option to make longer distances to the cafeteria or recess much more feasible.

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