Understanding Medicare's Coverage Criteria for a Seat Lift Chair
A seat lift chair (mechanism) is covered if all of the following criteria are met:
- The beneficiary must have severe arthritis of the hip or knee or have a severe neuromuscular disease.
- The seat lift mechanism must be a part of the physician's course of treatment and be prescribed to effect improvement, or arrest or retard deterioration in the beneficiary's condition.
- The beneficiary must be completely incapable of standing up from a regular armchair or any chair in their home.
- Once standing, the beneficiary must have the ability to ambulate.
Important Medicare Rules for Seat Lift Chairs
Before you can take delivery of your new seat lift chair, your physician must write an order (prescription) or complete the Certificate of Medical Necessity (instructions below) for the seat lift chair.
The order must contain:
- Beneficiary's name
- Physician's name
- Date of the order
- Detailed description of the item (i.e. Seat Lift Chair)
- Physician signature and signature date
The patient's physician must complete a portion of the Certificate of Medical Necessity (CMN). The completed CMN can serve as both the order and CMN is completed prior to delivery.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETING THE CERTIFICATE OF MEDICAL NECESSITY FOR A SEAT LIFT CHAIR (MECHANISMS) - CMS-849 Form
SECTION A: (May be completed by the beneficiary)
CERTIFICATION: Mark "INITIAL" and indicate the date of the prescription in this space.
PATIENT INFORMATION: Indicate the patient's name, permanent legal address, telephone number. Indicate patient's Medicare number as it appears on his/her Medicare card and on the claim form.
SUPPLIER: Indicate the name of the company, address and telephone number. Indicate NA for the Medicare Supplier Number.
PLACE OF SERVICE: Indicate the place in which the item is being used (i.e., patient's home is 12)
FACILITY NAME: Leave blank
HCPCS CODES: List HCPCS codes for items purchased. Seat Lift Chair HCPCS code is E0627
PATIENT INFORMATION: Indicate patient's date of birth (MM/DD/YY) and sex (male or female); height in inches and weight in pounds, if requested.
PHYSICIAN INFORMATION: Indicate the PHYSICIAN'S name and complete mailing address. Indicate the physician's Unique Physician Identification Number (UPIN) - UPIN number can be obtained from your physician's office.
Indicate the telephone number where the physician can be contacted (preferably where records would be accessible pertaining to this patient) if more information is needed.
SECTION B: (MUST be completed by the ordering physician)
The physician needs to indicate the estimated length of need (the length of time the physician expects the patient to require use of the ordered item) by filling in the appropriate number of months. If the patient will require the item for the duration of his/her life, then enter "99".
The physician needs to indicate the ICD-9 code(s) that represents the primary reason for ordering this item.
QUESTION SECTION: This section is used to gather clinical information to help Medicare determine the medical necessity for the item(s) being ordered. Only the physician can answer each question which applies to the items ordered, circling "Y" for yes, "N" for no, or "D" for does not apply.
If a clinical professional other than the treating physician (e.g. nurse) or a physician employee answers the questions of Section B, he/she must print his/her name, give his/her professional title and the name of his/her employer where indicated. If the physician is answering the questions, this space may be left blank.
SECTION C: (May be completed by the beneficiary)
Provide a narrative description of the item(s) ordered - Seat Lift Chair
Provide the charge (amount you paid) for each item and the Medicare fee schedule allowance for the state in which the patient resides. (See table below)
2013 Medicare Allowable for E0627 - Seat Lift Chair
SECTION D: (To be completed by the physician)
The physician's signature certifies the CMN which he/she is reviewing includes Sections A, B, C and D and the answers in Section B are correct. After completion and/or review by the physician of Sections A, B and C, the physician's must sign and date the CMN in Section D, verifying the Attestation appearing in this Section. The physician's signature also certifies the items ordered are medically necessary for this patient.
WHERE TO SEND THE CLAIM (INCLUDE A COPY OF THE COMPLETED CMN AND THE ITEMIZED BILL)
If you live in: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, VermontReturn your form to:
P.O. Box 9165
Hingham, MA 02043-9165
If you live in: Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, WisconsinReturn your form to:
National Government Services, Inc.
Medicare DMEPOS Claims
P.O. Box 7027
Indianapolis, IN 46207-7027
If you live in: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, West VirginiaReturn your form to:
CIGNA Government Services
P.O. Box 20010
Nashville, TN 37202-0010
If you live in: Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, WyomingReturn your form to:
Noridian Administrative Services
P.O. Box 6727
Fargo, ND 58108-6727
Please be advised, we are not a Medicare Provider. If you purchase items from us that you feel are covered under under Medicare, please use the above procedures to file your claim for allowable reimbursement.