Why Ultralightweight (K5) Wheelchairs?

Lasts 13X longer than standard (K1/K2) manual wheelchairs and cost 3.5X less to operate*

*NCBI- Life cycle analysis of depot vs. Rehab manual wheelchairs

What are Ultralightweight Wheelchairs?

RESNA (Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America) defines the ULWC (Ultra Lightweight Manual Wheelchair)

“A fully customizable (adjustable and/or configurable) wheelchair that is as light as possible, is designed as an individual’s primary mobility device, and does not include such features as tilt or recline.” 

– RESNA Position on the Application of Ultralight Manual Wheelchairs. 2012.

CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services):

  • Ultra lightweight manual wheelchairs [K0005 code in the HCPCS (Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System)] are highly configurable manual wheelchairs for highly active full-time users.
  • The ultra lightweight manual wheelchairs require individualized fitting and optimal adjustments for multiple features that include axle configuration, wheel camber, and seat and back angles, in addition to ongoing critical support.

– CMS Clarification Regarding Quality Standards and Accreditation Requirements for Ultra Lightweight Manual Wheelchairs

PDAC (Pricing, Data Analysis and Coding) the CMS contractor for determining HCPCS (Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System) codes for DMEPOS (Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies):

  • Seat width and depth of 15”+
  • < 30lbs Transport Configuration
  • Adjustable rear axle position

– PDAC Local Coverage Determination (LCD): Manual Wheelchair Bases (L33788). 2015