by Jared Staheli
June 17th, 2015
These appliances are covered under Part B as a medical or other health service (§1861(s)(9) of the Act) when furnished incident to physicians' services or on a physician's order. A brace includes rigid and semi-rigid devices that are used for the purpose of supporting a weak or deformed body member or restricting or eliminating motion in a diseased or injured part of the body.
For detailed coverage requirements (including definitions and discussion) associated with the following terms and circumstances see the Medicare Benefit Policy Manual, Chapter 15:
"Leg, Arm, Back, and Neck Braces, Trusses, and Artificial Legs, Arms, and Eyes"
"Adjustments and Replacement of Artificial Limbs"
For coverage information on specific situations, braces, trusses, and artificial limbs and eyes, see the Medicare National Coverage Determinations Manual.