Accessibility – What does that *really* mean to BrainRobotics as we address the need for prosthetics?
Accessibility in its simplest terms means:
- the quality of being easy to obtain or use
- the quality of being easily understood or appreciated
To us, it means not only making yet another option for a hand available to the user population but making it accessible to all those that need a multi-articulating myoelectric prosthetic hand.
Furthermore, we mean that it will be PDAC approved and therefore accessible to anyone with Medicare, or any other insurance.
To clarify, as we feel there’s been some misinformation and we like to be completely open – PDAC approval does not mean that a device is approved or covered by Medicare, but rather that there is a base L code that has been approved and Medicare accepts it. Your prosthetic device must be considered medically necessary to receive Medicare coverage and you may need to get prior authorization before Medicare pays your claim.
Furthermore, PDAC approval means that a device can be covered by Medicare. It also means that more insurance providers could look favorably on the offering as it does not come with a slew of miscellaneous codes, or is under one giant misc. code, that asks insurance to pay $100K for a device that likely costs less than half.
PDAC approval means that more individuals with insurance limitations could have access to advanced technology.
There was actually a great article in O&P Almanac about this topic and we encourage you to go read it, and to continue to advocate for the devices that are truly needed.
Accessibility to us, BrainRobotics, means that once a user has finally been approved for a BrainRobotics hand it must be easy to use, and for the clinician, it must be easy to fit and understand.
Though most multi-articulating myo hands are similar, they all have their slight nuances and differences and we have to be there to provide the right support to all those involved, even the payers.
We want to make it easy on the user when they get the hand out of the box. We also want to make it easy on the clinician when it comes to figuring out what components to use, how to set the hand up in the app, and how to get the most out of the hand for that particular user. Last but not least, we want to make it easy on the payer to understand why the BrainRobotics hand is the answer for that particular user and why it may be medically necessary.
We have a lot more to unveil as we get closer to our launch in early of 2023 and we will continue being open about what we’re working on, what’s being tested, and how close we are to launch.
What questions do you have for us?
Written by Linda Calabria – Senior Product & Marketing Manager at BrainRobotics