Winning the Funding Battle for Standing Devices
For all of us, standing is an integral part of the developmental sequence. And particularly for people with motor impairments and physical disabilities it is one of the key building blocks that leads to exploratory mobility. (Bower, E.) A child who is unable to stand may be missing out on developmental learning and interaction with the environment. We know the many benefits of standing as well: improved...
Sample Letters of Medical Necessity for the Rifton Dynamic Pacer Gait Trainer
Since the new Dynamic Pacer became available we have been receiving questions regarding funding for this device. Evolving from the previous model of Pacer, the Dynamic Pacer now offers many new additional features including a dynamic upper frame, multi-positioning saddle, arm platforms, utility base (with bigger wheels for rough, outdoor surfaces), and a treadmill base option. To obtain...
Tips & Advice
Six Tips for Writing a Strong Letter of Medical Necessity
All of us have struggled one time or another while trying to compose an effective letter of medical necessity for a piece of adaptive equipment. We have all tried to figure out better strategies with our colleagues at work, at continuing education conferences and through social media sites. Below are a few considerations I’ve found helpful.
Make it Unique
First, make sure the letter is individualized...
Community Action at its Finest
The receding snow banks are creating inviting sidewalks, and which kid’s first response is not “where’s my bike?” Children with physical disabilities want to ride just as much as any child, and they should. Sadly, adaptive trikes are far too rarely covered by Medicaid or insurance, even with a strong case for the therapeutic benefits of cycling.
Thankfully, there is a growing...
Personal Energy Transportation (PET)
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
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...
Sample Letter of Medical Necessity for the Rifton Hygiene and Toileting System
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 and...
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
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 and...
Tips & Advice
Tips from a TRAM Advocate
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...