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CMS has announced an update to the national coverage determination (NCD) for seat elevation
Permobil is pleased to share on February 15, 2023, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a proposed National Coverage Determination (NCD) in favor of the coverage of power seat elevation.
Thanks to each of you who participated in the initial comment period in August 2022. Together, our comments provided a clear picture to CMS of how important this critical power seat function is to daily life participation.
As a company that innovates for individuals, we are thrilled to see this positive move towards aligning complex rehab technology (CRT) coverage to better meet the functional needs of power wheelchair users.
The public comment period is now officially open for the next 30 days.
Let your voice be heard!
1. CMS is accepting more public comments on seat elevation systems as an accessory to power wheelchairs now through March 17, 2023. We encourage all wheelchair users, providers, caregivers, clinicians, and organizations to share your story with CMS. Not sure what to say? Take a look at the talking points for comments to get started.
2. Follow Permobil via email and on social media to receive up-to-date information and next steps in this process.
3. Share this site with your friends and family. Encourage your community to speak up on this important issue.
Power Seat Elevation Comment Period - Open now until March 17th, 2023
Potential medical benefits of standing
Spasticity Control: Standing and weight bearing can have the effect of normalizing tone which may lead to increased function.
Pain Reduction: Standing may allow easier access for reaching items throughout the day, which may decrease the risk of repetitive strain injury in the upper extremities.
Urinary/ Bowel improvement: Standing may reduce the incidence of UTI’s and kidney stones by reducing the effects of gravity, and constipation or bowel accidents may be reduced as standing improves the efficiency of the colon.
Range of Motion Improvement: Coming to a standing position involves stretching muscles that have been shortened in the seated position. Standing can allow for a prolonged stretch which may help with minimizing the risk of contractures.
Cardiovascular/Respiratory Improvement: By changing positions and utilizing the standing function frequently throughout the day, it may improve respirations and circulation.
Pressure Management: We see the most pressure reduction at the seated bony prominences when in standing or full recline. Standing provides pressure reduction while allowing for function at the same time.
Bone Mineral Density: Shorter, more frequent standing has been shown to help increase bone mineral density. A standing wheelchair allows for these “intervals” of standing throughout the day as opposed to using a standing frame that is static
Stand without compromise
Customizable standing sequences help you find the perfect position using supine, semi-reclined, or sit-to-stand techniques
Best-in-class base performance with exceptional motor torque, enhanced base stability in sitting and standing & chair responsiveness
Adjustable chest pad featuring simplified adjustment points
ComfortRide Pro Suspension featuring all-wheel independent fully adjustable oil dampened shocks that stay active in all positions
Full range of power seat functions, including: 50° of posterior tilt, 180° of recline, 14” of ActiveHeight seat elevation, and 180° of legrest elevation
Moldable knee block featuring adjustable height & depth as well as a quick release lever
Articulating power footplate with 8” of vertical foot plate travel and programmable height to help maintain positioning throughout the range of movement
Intelligent support wheels deploy automatically for stability in standing
Potential benefits of seat elevation
• Facilitate vertical reach to promote independence with daily activities
• Protect upper extremities to reduce risk of repetitive strain injury related to overhead reaching
• Help improve safety and independence with transfers
• Allow eye contact with others reducing risk of cervical strain
• Provide psycho-social benefits of being on peer level and speaking eye-to-eye
• Promote enhanced safety with increased visibility in the community
What is ActiveHeight™?
ActiveHeight™ is a dynamic seat elevation option on Permobil M & F-Series Corpus and Corpus VS models.
What makes ActiveHeight™ unique?
ActiveHeight provides up to 14" of seat elevation and up to 10° of ActiveReach™ for no additional charge. Featuring 3 points of contact and a 3.5” rearward shift as the system elevates, experience maximum stability, a more compact footprint, and get closer to what matters.
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"Every person has the right to have his or her disability compensated as far as possible by aids with the same technical standard as those we all use in our everyday lives." - Per Uddén, Permobil Founder
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