Busting that Persistent Myth about Adaptive Bikes and Recreation
I love the adaptive tricycle and the opportunities it affords many of my students. But how often have insurance companies denied requests for adaptive tricycles because they only see the recreational purpose? For my students with the most severe disabilities, the tricycle is a life-saver, and often the only piece of adaptive equipment that will help them achieve functional gains and participation. I&rsquo...
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Adaptive Tricycle Funding Resources
A bike is the quintessence of childhood happiness. But for a child with disabilities, we think it’s a medical necessity. Beyond the joy and exhilaration of free-wheeling movement, the opportunity for reciprocal lower extremity exercise is crucial to the well-being of someone with fragile health. While the therapy community is unanimous on this point, sadly medical insurance companies underestimate...
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Letter of Medical Necessity Resources
As clinicians well know, writing an effective letter of medical necessity (LOMN) for a piece of adaptive equipment can be challenging and time-consuming. In response to questions about letters of medical necessity for Rifton products, we put together a resource page with tips, tools and sample letters to help facilitate the process.
We are happy to make these LOMN resources available here.
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...
Great Outcomes for Adults Who Need Gait Assistance
For children with complex disabilities the transition from school to adult services can be brutal: therapy and equipment that is considered standard in the school suddenly disappears, funding evaporates, and families struggle to bridge the gap. But this is slowly changing. Many healthcare facilities now try to provide a seamless transition into this new stage of life with specialized and comprehensive...
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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...
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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...