Patient Lifter

The purpose of the patient lifter is to allow a person to be lifted and transferred safely with as little physical effort as possible. Before attempting to lift an ill or injured patient it is wise to practice with an able-bodied person. Take turns lifting as well as being lifted to learn how the patient will feel in the lifter. When lifting a patient who has never used a lifter before, explain each step in advance, as you go through the lifting procedure.

Medicare Information and Qualifications:

For an item to be covered by Medicare a written signed and dated order must be received by the supplier before a claim is submitted. If the supplier bills for an item addressed in this policy without first receiving the completed order, the item will be denied as not medically necessary.

A patient lift is covered if transfer between bed and a chair, wheelchair, or commode is required and, without the use of a lift, the patient would be bed confined.

A patient lift described by codes E0630, E0635, E0639, or E0640 is covered if the basic coverage criteria are met. If the coverage criteria are not met, the lift will be denied as not medically necessary.

A multi-positional patient support/transfer system (E0636, E1035, or E1036) is covered if both of the following criteria 1 and 2 are met:

  1. The basic coverage criteria for a lift are met; and
  2. The patient requires supine positioning for transfers.

If criterion 1 is not met, codes E0636, E1035 and E1036 will be denied as not medically necessary.


If criterion 1 is met but criterion 2 is not met, payment will be made for the least costly medically appropriate alternative.

The items listed below are often sold, prescribed or needed in addition to the equipment above.

Patient Lifter

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