Canes and Crutches

Patient has a mobility impairment but potential for ambulation

Medicare Qualifications

For canes and crutches to be covered by Medicare, ALL of the following criteria (1-3) must be met.

  1. The beneficiary has a mobility limitation that significantly impairs their ability to participate in one or more mobility-related activities of daily living (MRADL)  in the home (i.e.- toileting, feeding, dressing, grooming, and bathing performs in customary locations in the home)

      A mobility limitation is one that:

  1. Prevents the beneficiary from accomplishing their MRADL entirely, OR
  2. Places the beneficiary at reasonably determined heightened risk of morbidity or mortality secondary to the attempts to perform an MRADL; OR
  3. Prevents the beneficiary from completing the MRADL within a reasonable time frame;


      2. The beneficiary is able to safely use the cane or crutch

      3. The functional mobility deficit can be sufficiently resolved by use of cane of crutch

Required Documentation for Medicare

  • Prescription – Written or typed and signed by the physician.
  • Detailed Written Order – Must be signed and dated by physician.
  • Chart Notes – Including information stating why equipment is medically necessary (must comply with Qualifications listed above).



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Canes and Crutches LCD 


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