Stories Personal Energy Transportation (PET) June 10, 2014 by Carmen Hinkey
Complex Rehab Technology (CRT) is just that: complex. Everything about it: what it does, how it’s made, the industry that regulates it, and most of all, the processes required to get it paid for. At the other end of the spectrum: PET International. In every way the antithesis of CRT, this organization has commanded the attention of retirees, students, church members and corporate partners from all...
Tips & Advice Funding Equipment April 02, 2014 by Lori Potts, PT
Finding funding for adaptive equipment that you know will vastly enrich and enhance your child or client’s life can be a challenge at times. We have tried to do something about this. This resource page has been compiled to direct you to a few funding options. Links to three online guides provide information to families and clinicians to increase knowledge about adaptive equipment and assistive...
PT/OT Sample Letter of Medical Necessity for the Rifton Hygiene and Toileting System January 28, 2014 by Elena Noble, MPT
Our most recent offering, the Rifton Hygiene and Toileting System (HTS), facilitates toileting for people with disabilities while at the same time making the task of hygiene care easier for caregivers. Effective toileting not only maintains a healthy bowel and bladder, it makes an enormous difference on a child’s quality of life (as any parent can tell you). In the past, many toileting routines...
Letters of Medical Necessity Rifton TRAM Sample LMN: Adult homecare
Components of a Letter of Medical Necessity for use in the homecare of an adult. Note: Every reasonable effort has been made to verify the accuracy of the information. However, sample letters of medical necessity are not intended to provide specific guidance on how to apply for funding for any product or service. Health care providers should make the ultimate determination as to when to use a specific...
Tips & Advice Holiday Funding Options for Complex Rehab Equipment December 10, 2013 by Carmen Hinkey
Around this time of year we experience an up-tick in the requests that come in for funding aid. Perhaps it’s because people hope that the season’s spirit of generosity will prompt readier giving. I’m sure it’s also partly due to the heightened awareness of the huge gaps in many families’ finances to provide expensive, good quality complex rehab devices that could so enrich...
Tips & Advice Tips from a TRAM Advocate July 30, 2013 by Carmen Hinkey
Recently Rifton had a conversation with a complex rehab provider (who wishes to remain anonymous) serving clients in a mid-western state. Because he and his staff have been buying so many Rifton TRAMs for their customers, we wanted to find out who these people were and what needs the TRAM was filling for them. Following are excerpts from our conversation: Rifton: What have you found is unique about the...
Tips & Advice NCART Standing Device Funding Guide June 04, 2013 by Elena Noble, MPT
As clinicians you know without a doubt that children with disabilities who are given the opportunity to stand and bear weight experience positive health benefits. Peer-reviewed literature supports active weight-bearing and dynamic loading for improved bone mineral content and an upright position improves cardiopulmonary functioning, bowel and bladder health and joint range of motion. Unfortunately, too...
PT/OT A Sample Letter of Medical Necessity for the Rifton TRAM August 21, 2012 by Elena Noble, MPT
Since the Rifton TRAM came out just four weeks ago we have been getting frequent requests for a sample letter of medical necessity for this item. Because the device offers the unique functions of seat-to-seat transfers, sit-to-stand transfers, and supported ambulation, justification is more complex and each function of the Rifton TRAM needs to be considered thoroughly in the letter. So by popular...
Tips & Advice Yes Medicaid Will Pay for Adaptive Tricycles April 24, 2012 by Elena Noble, MPT
As most of you undoubtedly know, for children with disabilities exercise such as cycling with a special needs tricycle can be therapeutic as well as fun. Cycling may provide a variety of health benefits unavailable through other medical interventions. For example, children with severe mobility limitations may have few, if any, other options for strengthening their cardiovascular system. In fact, cycling...
How To's Funding Assistance for Adaptive Equipment
(Updated November 2014) Sometimes it can seem impossible to find funding for a piece of adaptive equipment you know will vastly enrich and enhance your child or client’s life. Start by reading the online guides listed below to check that you have tried all the options that may be available to you. In particular, if you are a parent or pediatric therapist, be sure to read Funding Adaptive Mobility...
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