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Best Practices and Clinical Documentation for Mobility Assistive Equipment (MAE) 

Recorded on: May 2008

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Select the following links to download handouts and other reference material relative to each lecture.

1. Hughes AAH 0508.pdf

2. Region A B Physician xxxxLetter Dec 07.pdf

3. Dicianno AAH 0508.pdf

4. Document Notes Template:

5. Doc Note Completed.pdf

6. Schmeler AAH 508?Intake Fill in the Blank Forms

7. UPMC-CAT LMN template 0508

8. Sample Group 3 LMN

9. Blackburn AAH 0508.pdf

10. PMD Policy Checklist Effective 0408.pdf

11. Manual WC Checklist.pdf

12. Template for Physicians Orders for Power Wheelchair. pdf

13. PMD Policy Chronological Summary.pdf

14. Acronyms Medical Record Term.pdf


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Paul Hughes, MD
Medical Director, Region A, Medicare Administrative Contractor, NHIC

Brad Dicianno, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Pittsburgh; Medical Director, Center for Assistive Technology and Director, Adult Outpatient Spina Bifida Clinic.
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Mark R. Schmeler, PhD, OTR/L, ATP
Instructor and Director of the Continuing Education Program,
Department of Rehabilitation Science & Technology at the University of Pittsburgh.

Georgie Blackburn, ATS *
Vice President, Government Relations and Legislative Affairs.
Tarentum, PA

Note: Faculty for this activity have been required to disclose all relationships with any proprietary entity producing health care goods or services, with the exemption of nonprofit or government organizations and

non-healthcare related companies.

* The following information was disclosed
Georgie Blackburn serves as the vice president of government relations and legislative affairs for Blackburn’s, a multi-faceted home medical equipment, supply and pharmaceutical regional provider, headquartered in Tarentum, Pennsylvania. She has been associated with the homecare industry since 1978 and during this time has developed Blackburn’s Rehabilitation Equipment Division and served as its DME/Rehab division manager and a RESNA credentialed ATS. She served as Blackburn’s compliance director from 1999 through July, 2007 and has been the rehab team leader for the Jurisdiction A Medicare Advisory Council since 2004.

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This 4-hour online course is the FIRST NATIONAL PROGRAM on MAE documentation. It includes 5 video lectures with Power Point presentations that walk through the new Medicare Coverage Policies and what is required to document a patient’s need for MAE. This seminar is particularly useful for Physicians and Therapists to better understand how existing clinical documentation standards can reflect what Medicare will look for as evidence in a post-payment audit of suppliers. Specific case examples of assessment and documentation are provided. Attendees can also download sample templates to use in their practice. The course has also been approved for 0.4 CEUs and 0.4 Physician CMEs.


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Learning Objectives

Upon attending this seminar, participants will be able to:

  1. List two rationales for Medicare’s need to have developed new coverage policies for powered mobility devices (PMDs)

  2. List two indications or contraindications for each of the six categories of PMDs.

  3. List the seven key elements that need to be documented in the medical record related to the prescription for a PMD.

  4. List two roles and responsibilities for each of the physicians, therapists, and suppliers in the provision and documentation process for PMDs.


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CEU Registration and Program Cost

0.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be awarded to individuals for attending 4 hours of instruction.

Cost: $129

*Instructions for processing payment to receive CEUs

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After viewing the program:

Instructions for completing the online course evaluation.

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You will receive your CEU Certificate via emailed pdf.

The University of Pittsburgh, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences awards Continuing Education Units to individuals who enroll in certain educational activities. The CEU is designated to give recognition to individuals who continue their education in order to keep up-to-date in their profession. (One CEU is equivalent to 10 hours of participation in an organized continuing education activity). Each person should claim only those hours of credit that he or she actually spent in the educational activity.

The University of Pittsburgh is certifying the educational contact hours of this program and by doing so is in no way endorsing any specific content, company, or product. The information presented in this program may represent only a sample of appropriate interventions. ). Each person should claim only those hours of credit that he or she actually spent in the educational activity.


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