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MassHealth Guidelines for Medical Necessity Determination for Gait Trainers

The MassHealth Guidelines for Medical Necessity Determination (Guidelines) are used by MassHealth's reviewing clinicians to determine the medical necessity of prior-authorization requests submitted by providers.

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Guidelines for Medical Necessity Determination for Gait Trainers

These Guidelines for Medical Necessity Determination (Guidelines) identify the clinical information that MassHealth needs to determine medical necessity for gait trainers. A gait trainer is a mechanical device that assists a person in attaining and maintaining an upright position during ambulation.

These Guidelines are based on generally accepted standards of practice, review of the medical literature, and federal and state policies and laws applicable to Medicaid programs. Providers should consult MassHealth regulations at 130 CMR 409.000 and 450.000 and Subchapter 6 of the Durable Medical Equipment Manual and the MassHealth DME and Oxygen Payment and Coverage Guidelines Tool for information about coverage, limitations, service conditions, and other prior-authorization (PA) requirements.

Providers serving members enrolled in a MassHealth-contracted accountable care partnership plan (ACPP), managed care organization (MCO), integrated care organization (ICO), senior care organization (SCO), or program of all-inclusive care for the elderly (PACE) should refer to the ACPP’s, MCO’s, ICO’s, SCO’s or PACE’s medical policies for covered services.

These Guidelines describe documentation requirements for purchase of a gait trainer that has been successfully used by a member in an inpatient, outpatient, or school setting. MassHealth reviews requests for PA on the basis of medical necessity. If MassHealth approves the request, payment is still subject to all general conditions of MassHealth, including member eligibility, other insurance, and program restrictions.

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