Seat lift mechanisms are designed to assist individuals to stand from a sitting position. Seat lifts can be built into chairs or can be separate for use with other furniture.
Seat lift mechanisms may be considered medically necessary when ALL of the following are met:
Coverage of seat lift mechanisms is limited to those types that meet ALL of the following:
Seat lifts that operate by spring release mechanism with a sudden, catapult-like motion and jolt the individual from a seated to a standing position are not medically necessary.
The medical necessity for the seat lift mechanism must be documented in the individual’s medical record and must be available upon request.
In addition, an order for each item billed must be signed and dated by the treating physician, kept on file by the supplier, and made available upon request. In order for payment to be made, this order must be received by the supplier prior to delivery of the item.
Seat lift mechanisms that do not meet the criteria of this policy will be considered not medically necessary.