Step 1: Conduct Mobility Exam
Your patient will need to schedule a mobility examination visit with you so you can determine if they are in medical need of a power mobility device such as a Hoveround electric wheelchair. This must be a face-to-face office visit.
During the visit, you must conduct a mobility examination to evaluate your patient’s mobility limitations and needs based upon Medicare Coverage Criteria to determine if your patient’s quality of life would improve by using a power mobility device. (click here for a copy of the requirements).
You will also be able to determine which type of mobility product would best fit your patient's physical needs. If you prescribe a power wheelchair, your patient moves on to the next step in the approval process.
In addition to a physical assessment, several questions must be considered and the answers documented in the patient's chart notes, during this visit to determine if a medical need is present for your patient. For more details on those questions, read nine questions to determine your patient's mobility needs.