Medicare Coverage Criteria

A semi-electric hospital bed is covered if one or more of the following indications are met:

  • A patient who requires positioning of the body in ways not feasible with an ordinary bed in order to alleviate pain.
  • A patient who requires the head of the bed to be elevated more than 30 degrees most of the time due to congestive heart failure, chronic pulmonary disease or problems with aspiration. Pillows or wedges must have been tried and failed to achieve the desired clinical outcome.
  • A patient who requires traction equipment which can only be attached to a hospital bed.
  • A patient requires frequent changes in body position  and / or has an immediate need for a change in body position

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