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    What power chair should I get?

    My local w/c guy has suggested that I finally get a new chair. I've been using my Invacare Storm Arrow for at least 12 years. He is recommending the Invacare XDT. I also need a good tilt system. My insurance will cover 80%, so I've got to come up with the rest.
    What do you recommend?

    #2
    My mother got a Permobile C400 this summer and loves it. Check their chairs out. You don't have to stick with Invacare. If you DME doesn't deal with them, look elsewhere. Be sure you get an actual trial in the chairs you are considering.

    Keep in mind that if you are on Medicare that you will have to have a chair eval done with a PT who is certified to do these for Medicare.

    (KLD)
    The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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      #3
      Originally posted by BigDave View Post
      My local w/c guy has suggested that I finally get a new chair. I've been using my Invacare Storm Arrow for at least 12 years. He is recommending the Invacare XDT. I also need a good tilt system. My insurance will cover 80%, so I've got to come up with the rest.
      What do you recommend?
      Do you mean TDX?
      I just got a invacare TDX SP with CCG Full Tilt and Recline
      Jazzy 2 back Medicare paid for it all.

      I think we may have close to the same chairs I really like mine. I liked my Ranger X also. It only had tilt

      What state are you in?
      Last edited by reedyd; 11 Jan 2009, 6:21 PM. Reason: more to add

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        #4
        Power Chair

        Rolling in a new Permobil 400 with tilt, recline, elevate and leg elevate; using Permobil deep back with a Varalite Evolution seat cushion. I love it.
        You C.A.N.
        Conquer Adversity Now

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          #5
          I don't remember if he told me XDT or TDX. I'll call him tomorrow.
          I'm in CA.

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            #6
            It is the TDX. Is this a good chair?

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              #7
              Originally posted by BigDave View Post
              It is the TDX. Is this a good chair?

              I have had 1 (TDX5 over 1000 miles on it) for 4 1/2 years it has been a very good chair . When its time to get a new one I will get a TDX again

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                #8
                I've been using a TDX SP for just about 9 months and love it. Had a Quickie P200 for 10yrs with same set of batteries! but I love my SP
                C4 incomplete since 1985

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                  #9
                  Tdx

                  Originally posted by crppled007 View Post
                  I've been using a TDX SP for just about 9 months and love it. Had a Quickie P200 for 10yrs with same set of batteries! but I love my SP
                  I like my TDX it has tilt/recline but the darn thing squeals like the bearings or brushes are bad. They told me to drive it awhile. If it does not stop they will replace the motors.
                  I have only had it for about 2 weeks. Also I'm waiting to have my ez lock pen installed.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by SCI-Nurse View Post

                    Keep in mind that if you are on Medicare that you will have to have a chair eval done with a PT who is certified to do these for Medicare.

                    (KLD)
                    Is this a new rule or was it in effect last year? I didn't see it on the Medicare website but there is so much info I might have overlooked it.

                    Thanks.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Hellonwheels View Post
                      Is this a new rule or was it in effect last year? I didn't see it on the Medicare website but there is so much info I might have overlooked it.

                      Thanks.
                      This is not a current Medicare requirement. A physician has the option of sending the patient for a consultative evaluation with a PT or OT who is certified to evaluate patients for power mobility devices, such as electric wheelchairs, but the responsibility for writing the prescription still rests with the physician, based upon the patient's medical need. The physician must satisfy 7 specific criteria in order to document the need for a power wheelchair.

                      For your reference, here is the specific Medicare DME regulation that applies in the Medicare region that includes your state of Virginia. I hope that you will find it helpful:

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                      Dear Physician - Power Wheelchairs and Power Operated Vehicles - Documenation Requirements
                      Primary Geographic Jurisdiction
                      Alabama
                      Arkansas
                      Colorado
                      Florida
                      Georgia
                      Louisiana
                      Mississippi
                      North Carolina
                      New Mexico
                      Oklahoma
                      Puerto Rico
                      South Carolina
                      Tennessee
                      Texas
                      Virginia
                      Virgin Islands
                      West Virginia

                      DME Region Article Covers
                      Jurisdiction C

                      Original Article Effective Date
                      10/30/2008

                      Article Revision Effective Date
                      10/30/2008

                      Article Text
                      October 30, 2008

                      Subject: Power Wheelchairs and Power Operated Vehicles – Documentation Requirements

                      Dear Physician,




                      In order for Medicare to provide reimbursement for a power wheelchair (PWC) or power operated vehicle (POV) (scooter), there are several statutory requirements that must be met:
                      1. There must be an in-person physician-patient encounter.
                      2. The physician must perform a medical examination for the specific purpose of assessing the beneficiary’s mobility limitation and needs. The results of this exam must be recorded in the patient’s medical record.
                      3. The prescription must only be written AFTER the in-person visit has occurred and the medical evaluation is completed. This prescription has seven required elements.
                      4. The prescription and medical records documenting the in-person visit and examination report must be sent to the equipment supplier with in 45 days of the completion of the examination.

                      The in-person visit and medical examination together are often referred to as the “face-to-face” exam.

                      You should record the visit and examination in your usual medical record-keeping format. Many suppliers provide forms for you to complete. Suppliers often try to create the impression that these documents are a sufficient record of the in-person visit and medical evaluation. Based upon our auditing experience, most of them are not. This is usually because these documents do not record a complete medical examination and thus do not provide enough detailed information to adequately describe the medical necessity for the power mobility device in the patient’s home.

                      There are numerous sources that have developed forms. Many are home-grown by the individual supplier, some have been created by equipment manufacturers or other industry sources, and some have even been developed by medical groups, e.g., the Texas Academy of Family Physicians and Florida Academy of Family Physicians.

                      While there is no specific prohibition against the use of a form to facilitate record-keeping, any instrument you choose must be a complete and comprehensive record of your in-person visit and the examination that was performed. Documents such as the Texas or Florida Academy of Family Physicians forms that are designed to simply gather selected bits of information to be used for reimbursement purposes are insufficient to meet the statutory requirements. Even if you complete this type of form and include it in the patient’s chart, it does not provide sufficient documentation of a comprehensive assessment of a patient’s mobility needs.

                      You should perform a complete examination and document the results of the face-to-face examination in the same format that you use for other entries in your patient records. This assessment typically includes:




                      History of the present condition(s) and past medical history that is relevant to mobility needs
                      • Symptoms that limit ambulation
                      • Diagnoses that are responsible for these symptoms
                      • Medications or other treatment for these symptoms
                      • Progression of ambulation difficulty over time
                      • Other diagnoses that may relate to ambulatory problems
                      • How far the patient can walk without stopping
                      • Pace of ambulation
                      • What ambulatory assistance (cane, walker, wheelchair, caregiver) is currently used
                      • What has changed to now require use of a power mobility device
                      • Ability to stand up from a seated position without assistance
                      • Description of the home setting and the ability to perform activities of daily living in the home

                      Physical examination that is relevant to mobility needs
                      • Weight and height
                      • Cardiopulmonary examination
                      • Musculoskeletal examination
                        - Arm and leg strength and range of motion
                      • Neurological examination
                        - Gait
                        - Balance and coordination

                      The evaluation should be tailored to the individual patient’s conditions. The history should paint a picture of your patient’s functional abilities and limitations on a typical day. It should contain as much objective data as possible. The physical examination should be focused on the body systems that are responsible for the patient’s ambulatory difficulty or impact on the patient’s ambulatory ability.

                      It is important to keep in mind that because of the way that the Social Security Act defines durable medical equipment, a power mobility device is covered by Medicare only if the beneficiary has a mobility limitation that significantly impairs his/her ability to perform activities of daily living within the home. If the wheelchair/POV is needed in the home, the beneficiary may also use it outside the home. However, in your evaluation you must clearly distinguish your patient’s mobility needs within the home from their needs outside the home.

                      You may elect to refer the patient to another medical professional, such as a physical therapist or occupational therapist, to perform part of the evaluation – as long as that individual has no financial relationship with the wheelchair supplier. However, you do have to personally see the patient before or after the PT/OT evaluation. You must review the report, indicate your agreement in writing on the report, and sign and date the report. If you do not see the patient after the PT/OT evaluation, the date that you sign the report is considered to be the date of completion of the face-to-face examination.




                      You may write the prescription for these items ONLY after the visit and examination are complete. This prescription must contain the following seven elements:
                      1. Beneficiary’s name
                      2. Description of the item that is ordered. This may be general – e.g., “power operated vehicle”, “power wheelchair”, or “power mobility device”– or may be more specific.
                      3. Date of completion of the face-to-face examination
                      4. Pertinent diagnoses/conditions that relate to the need for the POV or power wheelchair
                      5. Length of need
                      6. Physician’s signature
                      7. Date of physician signature

                      You must forward a copy of the face-to-face record and your seven-element prescription to the supplier within 45 days from the completion of the face-to-face. You should also include copies of previous notes, consultations with other physicians, and reports of pertinent laboratory, x-ray, or other diagnostic tests if they will help to document the severity of your patient’s ambulatory problems.

                      After the supplier receives your order and the face-to-face information, they will prepare a detailed product description that describes the item(s) being provided including all options and accessories. You should review it and, if you agree with what is being provided, sign, date and return it to the supplier. If you do not agree with any part of the detailed product description, you should contact the supplier to clarify what you want the beneficiary to receive.

                      This information is not intended to serve as a substitute for the complete DME MAC local coverage determination on Power Mobility Devices. It is only a synopsis detailing the highlights of documentation. Refer to the complete LCD and Policy Article on the CMS Web site at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/mcd/overview.asp for additional information.

                      Medicare does provide you additional reimbursement (HCPCS code G0372) to recognize the additional time and effort that are required to provide this documentation to the supplier. This code is payable in addition to the reimbursement for your E&M visit code.

                      Your participation in this process and cooperation with the supplier will allow your patient to receive the most appropriate type of mobility equipment. We appreciate all your efforts in providing quality services to your Medicare patients.

                      Sincerely,

                      Paul J. Hughes, M.D.
                      Medical Director, DME MAC, Jurisdiction A

                      Adrian M. Oleck, M.D.
                      Medical Director, DME MAC, Jurisdiction B

                      Robert D. Hoover, Jr., MD, MPH, FACP
                      Medical Director, DME MAC, Jurisdiction C

                      Richard W. Whitten, MD, MBA
                      Medical Director, DME MAC, Jurisdiction D

                      Coverage Topic
                      Durable Medical Equipment


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                      Last edited by SCI-Nurse; 16 Feb 2009, 1:20 PM. Reason: Signature advertising removed

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                        #12
                        Thanks very much.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by BigDave View Post
                          My local w/c guy has suggested that I finally get a new chair. I've been using my Invacare Storm Arrow for at least 12 years. He is recommending the Invacare XDT. I also need a good tilt system. My insurance will cover 80%, so I've got to come up with the rest.
                          What do you recommend?
                          Its called the TDX5.

                          I have both the old Storm Arrow as my backup chair...(rear wheel drive)...and the TDX5.

                          TDX5 is a mid drive chair which is much better on hard surface and turns much better.
                          In the grass and stones not worth a damm.
                          So if am gona do the grass I use my old Storm Arrow rear wheel drive.

                          Art
                          Art

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