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Lift Chairs And Medicare

Does Medicare Pay for Power Lift Chairs

If certain coverage criteria and considerations are met, Medicare may cover a part of the cost of a lift chair.

A lift chair unit consists of two main components, the chair itself and the motorized lift mechanism. Medicare will only consider the seat-lift mechanism part, even if it is built into the unit.

At minimum, the beneficiary MUST meet the following criteria:

  • You have severe arthritis in your hip or knee
  • You have muscular dystrophy or another type of neuromuscular disease
  • You must be completely incapable of standing up from a regular armchair or any chair in your home
  • You must be able to ambulate once standing.Cannot go directly from a lift chair to a wheelchair or bed only.Must be able to walk freely or with an assistive device.
  • You must able to operate the seat lift yourself, and the lift chair helps you sit or stand without the help of others.
  • Your doctor determines that regular movement is medically necessary and that the seat lift may improve your condition or prevent it from getting worse. The seat lift must be prescribed as part of your treatment plan.
  • Your doctor must complete a Certificate of Medical Necessity:CMS-849 – Seat Lift Mechanisms.