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Medicare Patient Lifts LCD Coverage

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 local coverage determination, the criteria for “reasonable and necessary”, based on Social Security Act §1862(a)(1)(A) provisions, are defined by the following coverage indications, and limitations and/or medical necessity.

For an item to be covered by Medicare, a detailed written order (DWO) must be received by the supplier before a claim is submitted. If the supplier bills for an item addressed in this policy without first receiving the completed DWO, the item will be denied as not reasonable and necessary.

For some items in this policy to be covered by Medicare, a written order prior to delivery (WOPD) is required. Refer to the DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS section of this LCD and to the NON-MEDICAL NECESSITY COVERAGE AND PAYMENT RULES section of the related Policy Article for information about WOPD prescription requirements.

A patient lift is covered if transfer between bed and a chair, wheelchair, or commode is required and, without the use of a lift, the beneficiary would be bed confined.

A patient lift described by codes E0630, E0635, E0639, or E0640 is covered if the basic coverage criteria are met. If the coverage criteria are not met, the lift will be denied as not reasonable and necessary.

A multi-positional patient transfer system (E0636, E1035, E1036) is covered if both of the following criteria 1 and 2 are met:

  1. The basic coverage criteria for a lift are met; and
  2. The beneficiary requires supine positioning for transfers

If either criterion 1 or 2 is not met, codes E0636, E1035, and E1036 will be denied as not reasonable and necessary.

If coverage is provided for code E1035 or E1036, payment will be discontinued for any other mobility assistive equipment, including but not limited to: canes, crutches, walkers, rollabout chairs, transfer chairs, manual wheelchairs, power-operated vehicles, or power wheelchairs.

Code E0621 is covered as an accessory when ordered as a replacement for a covered patient lift.