Virtually anyone who meets the necessary criterion. Individual must be ambulatory, at risk for falls, and have a diagnosis related to increased fall risk, (such as neuropathy, difficulty walking, unsteadiness on feet, or lower extremity weakness).
Yes. Medicare and Medicaid cover 80% of the cost of the brace with secondary insurance paying the 20% copayment in most, if not all, cases.
Yes. Licensed therapists are able to bill and be reimbursed for units of time related to this process. Interactions with the patient are considered skilled, and are therefore reimbursable.
Yes. Just like all DME, an order signed by an MD, PA, and CNP is needed, along with a Certificate of Medical Necessity. Pac Ortho can show you how to fill out the necessary forms. Please email or contact us at any time for assistance.
Yes, and the Pac Ortho billing staff does that for you after the physician signs off on the order and prior to the fitting. We can coordinate everything.
It can vary slightly but once the measurements have been taken of the relevant foot/feet and shipped, it is between two and three weeks until arrival.
The brace arrives with instructions to be placed by the relevant clinician (and Medicare provides reimbursement for therapist time in doing so).
Of course. This most commonly occurs when an individual who is at risk for falling already has an AFO for 1 limb, such as with a stroke, or when the person has had an amputation. In these instances, only 1 Moore Balance Brace would be needed. There are, of course, other instances where you might consider only bracing unilaterally, but recognize what this will do to the individual’s foot and pelvic alignment, which can contribute to other orthopedic complications over time. Ultimately, balance is rarely a localized problem. It is a global condition of the body requiring bilateral intervention. Therefore, the Moore Balance Braces have been designed to be used bilaterally.