HI 00610.280 Leg, Arm, Back, and Neck Braces, Trusses, and Artificial Legs, Arms and Eyes
These appliances are covered when furnished incident to a physician's services or
on a physician's order. A brace includes rigid and semirigid devices which 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. Elastic stockings, garter belts,
and similar devices do not come within the scope of the definition of a brace. A terminal
device (e.g., hand or hook) is covered whether or not an artificial limb is required
by the beneficiary.
Stump stockings and harnesses (including replacements) are also covered when these
appliances are essential to the effective use of the artificial limb.
Adjustments to an artificial limb or other appliance required by wear or by a change in the beneficiary's
condition are covered when ordered by a physician. To the extent applicable, the provisions
relating to the repair and replacement of durable medical equipment in HI 00610.220 are followed with respect to artificial limbs, braces etc.