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The ITEM Coalition is devoted to raising awareness and building support for policies that will enhance access to assistive devices, technologies, and related services for people with disabilities and chronic conditions. The coalition is consumer-led and includes a diverse set of disability organizations, aging organizations, other consumer groups, voluntary health associations, and non-profit provider associations.

CMS Opens ITEM-Sponsored Review of Evidence to Cover Seat Elevation Systems in Power Wheelchairs; Further Delays Consideration of Power Standing Systems

On August 15, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) opened a National Coverage Analysis (NCA) for coverage of seat elevation systems in power wheelchairs, but failed to open a review of coverage for power standing systems at this time. The ITEM Coalition and its members are grateful for the opportunity to further express support for Medicare coverage of power seat elevation systems. We are also seriously concerned and disappointed with CMS’ decision to delay consideration of power standing systems, which were included as a related benefit in our original request submitted in September 2020. 

The ITEM Coalition urges all member organizations, consumers, clinicians, providers, manufacturers, and any other interested individuals to comment in support of this NCA by visiting www.rise4access.org and following the instructions and guidance on this dedicated website. Comments will be accepted for 30 days, ending on September 14, 2022

Additional Resources

  1. ITEM Press Release [Link]
  2. CMS NCD Tracking Sheet [Link]
  3. Full Reconsideration Request for National Coverage Determination for Mobility Assistive Equipment (NCD for MAE) [Link]
  4. Letter of support from 60 national rehabilitation and disability organizations [Link]
  5. National Council on Disability letter to CMS [Link]
  6. Congressional Support Letters
    1. House Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus [Link]
    2. Duckworth, Blackburn, and Casey [Link]

Most Recent Advocacy Efforts

August 15, 2022

April 25, 2022

February 17, 2022

October 15, 2021

October 14, 2021

October 6, 2021

Policy Priorities

The ITEM Coalition’s 2022 Policy Priorities can be found here.