Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Medicare Program; Conditions for Payment of Power Mobility Devices, Including Power Wheelchairs and Power-Operated Vehicles
GAO-05-1012R: Sep 9, 2005
- Full Report:
GAO reviewed the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) new rule on conditions for payment of power mobility devices (PMD), including power wheelchairs and power-operated vehicles. GAO found that (1) the rule sets forth revised conditions for Medicare payment of PMDs, defines who may prescribe PMDs, and requires a face-to-face examination of the beneficiary by the physician or treating practitioner and a PMD prescription and pertinent parts of the medical record that the durable medical equipment supplier maintains in records and makes available to CMS or its agents upon request; and (2) CMS complied with all applicable requirements in promulgating the rule.