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Stair Climbing Mobility System Now Covered by VA
Military.com | December 06, 2005
Eligible veterans with disabilities now have the opportunity to purchase the innovative INDEPENDENCE® iBOT® 4000 Mobility System, developed by Independence Technology, through medical coverage provided by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA).

In 2003, Congress recommended the VHA study the iBOT®.  At the conclusion of the study, the test subjects were unanimous in their positive recommendation for the iBOT®.   In January 2004, the iBOT® Mobility System underwent a second consumer pilot study. This second study was expanded from three veterans to eleven veterans due to demand and interest in the iBOT®. Afterward, the iBOT® coverage recommendation was issued and in 2005 the iBOT® Mobility System was placed on the Federal Supply Schedule under contract number V797P-3006M.  iBOT® 4000 assessments are now being conducted at hospitals in Veterans Integrated Service Networks (VISNs) across the country.

According to the coverage criteria released by VHA for the iBOT® 4000: “The clinician will take into account the veteran's medical diagnoses, prognosis, functional abilities, limitations, goals, and ambitions. … The VA supports the dispensation of power mobility to allow the veteran to access medical care and to accomplish necessary tasks of daily living in ordinary home and community environments such as paved surfaces and mild terrains.”

The iBOT® Mobility System is unlike any mobility device on the market. It is one of the most thoroughly tested, studied and sophisticated devices ever manufactured for the disability community. The iBOT® Mobility System’s combination of innovative functions allows users to go places and do things not possible with any other single mobility device.

These Functions include:

Balance Function
The Balance Function of the iBOT® Mobility System can raise you to eye level for business or social interactions, even when you are on the move.

Stair Function
The Stair Function enables the user to safely climb up and down stairs, with or without assistance, giving them accessibility to previously inaccessible places. 

4-Wheel Function
The 4-Wheel Function enables the user to climb curbs as high as five inches and to travel over a variety of uneven terrain, such as sand, gravel, grass, thick carpet and other surfaces.

Standard Function
The Standard Function enables the user to operate the device in the same manner as if in a traditional power chair. While operating in the Standard Function, users are able to easily fit their Mobility System under a table or desk. 

Remote Function
The Remote Function allows the user or an assistant to drive the mobility system unoccupied into a vehicle.

For more information and video of the iBOT® 4000 in action, visit http://www.ibotnow.com. Veterans who are interested in evaluating the iBOT® can call 866-813-0788 to speak with an iBOT® 4000 Representative regarding VA coverage.

The iBOT® Mobility System is the only marketed mobility system that is a prescription product and FDA approved.  However, the iBOT® Mobility System may not be suitable for everyone. You must: weigh between 75 lbs and 250 lbs, have the ability to operate a hand-operated joystick, and complete the training program. For a full list of contraindications and requirements visit http://www.ibotnow.com or call 1-866-813-0788.Caution: Federal law restricts this device to sale by, or on the order of, a licensed healthcare practitioner. Use of this product outside of labeling may result in personal injury.

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