On November 1, 2018, the four Durable Medical Equipment Medicare Administrative Contractors (DME MACs) released an updated Local Coverage Determination (LCD) for lower limb prostheses. Since the changes to the LCD were minimal and do not restrict coverage, the notice and comment period required by the 21st Century Cures Act does not apply to this revision.
The only change to the LCD was the removal of the patient weight range (110 lbs to 275 lbs) for coverage of L5859–Addition to lower extremity prosthesis, endoskeletal knee shin system, powered and programmable flexion/extension assist control, includes any type motor(s). All other requirements for coverage of L5859 remain the same.
AOPA continually reviews the Medicare LCDs and Policy Articles for changes such as this and will keep you informed when they occur.
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