Medicare Wheelchair Requirements with the AAP and CTF

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Medicare Wheelchair Requirements with Dr. Brad DiCianno & The Clinician Task Force

Medicare has identified physicians and non-physician practitioners (NPPs) as responsible parties for initiating, ordering and documenting medical necessity for manual and power wheelchairs. Yet, physicians and NPPs often receive little education and training about these technologies and the related Medicare Durable Medical Equipment (DME) policies. This program will provide information including the requirements for the face to face examination, resources to help you effectively qualify your patients for appropriate mobility equipment and prepare compliant documentation the first time.

Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
1. Name 3 distinguishing features of Complex Rehab Technology (CRT) wheelchairs as compared to standard Durable Medical Equipment (DME) wheelchairs.
2. Describe the elements of the physician face to face examination and documentation requirements.
3. Explain 3 ways physicians/non-physician providers (NPPs) can improve beneficiary access to appropriate and necessary CRT and DME.

CME Credit
1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Slide Lecture Presentation
5 multiple choice questions
Webinar survey
Certificate of completion


Fees to claim CME Credit
Member Price: $15
Non-Member Price: $25
Member Resident Price: $10
Non-Member Resident Price: $20

Resident and Practicing Physicians, PTs and OTs

Faculty and Disclosures
Brad DiCianno, MD
Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Dept. of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Director, Adult Spina Bifida Clinic
Medical Director, Center for Assistive Technology
Dr. Dicianno has nothing to disclose

Laura Cohen, Executive Director; Clinician Task Force
Principal, Rehabilitation Technology Consultants, LLC
Laura Cohen has nothing to disclose

Cathy Carver, PT, ATP/SMS
Cathy Carver has nothing to disclose

Estimated Completion Time
1.0 hours

Additional Resource Links Are Below:

Medicare Policies for Mobility Assistance Equipment

APTA: Mobility Device Clinical Documentation Guide

Decision Tree for CRT Evaluation

Continuing Medical Education Credit (CME):The Association of Academic Physiatrists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Association of Academic Physiatrists designates this activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The AAP has collected financial disclosure statements from all author and content providers, and no conflicts of interest have been reported by the authors or by any individuals in control of the content of this activity.

Medicare Wheelchair Requirements with the AAP and CTF

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