Power Adjustable Seat Height Adjustable Seat Height is Not Only Reasonable, It Is Necessary!


Credits: .1 CEU
Presenter: Julie Piriano, PT, ATP/SMS



There is a misconception that the provision of power adjustable seat height (aka power seat elevation) is neither reasonable or medically necessary and therefore not covered by third party payors, which is inaccurate. Many third-party payors will consider this technology on a case-by-case basis and are looking to assure that the medical need for the power seat function has been documented. This course will examine the clinical benefits and current research in support of a power height adjustable seat feature, provide the clinician with practical tools to consider and incorporate when evaluating and documenting the need for this power seat option and assist the supplier in reading and interpreting the information in the medical record to determine when to provide a power seat elevation system.

Learning Outcomes:

The participant will be able to list at least four clinical benefits of power adjustable seat height.
The participant will be able to discuss the evidenced-based research that applies to the clinical decision-making process in the selection of a power adjustable seat height system.
The participant will be able to predict at least 1 adverse outcome that may occur if a medically necessary power adjustable seat height system is not provided

Julie Piriano has worked in the seating and wheeled mobility industry for the past 33 years. She is VP of Clinical Education, Rehab Industry Affairs and serves as Pride’s Compliance Officer. She presents nationally on seating and wheeled mobility with a focus on the evaluation, documentation and clinical application of available technologies.
Julie serves on the RESNA Board of Directors, served on the Professional Standards Board and is an active participant in the Wheeled Mobility and Seating SIG and the PT PSG.She is a Friend of NRRTS, member of the AAHomecare Complex Rehab and Mobility Council and the APTA and the Clinician Task Force. She serves on the NCART Medicaid Committee, the DMEMAC Advisory Councils, the board of several State Associations and the Mobility Management Editorial Board. Julie is a highly proactive industry resource on legislative and regulatory issues that impact the complex rehab industry.