Technology

K-Level determines the type of technology and componentry available to the patient
What are K-Levels?
Medicare established K levels to assist physicians, prosthetists and physical/occupational therapists in quantification of need and the potential benefit of prosthetics devices for patients after lower limb amputation
K-LEVELS – WHO DECIDES?
MD role – writes the prescription, considers impact of other health conditions, refer as needed
PT/OT role – documentation of prior/current level of function and any other aspects of this patient which may help or hinder use of prosthesis
Prosthetist role –assess and treat the physical and functional limitations of people with limb amputations. Prosthetists are trained to prescribe, design, fit and monitor prostheses to meet the ability and life goals of the patient.
FACTORS TO CONSIDER FOR K-LEVEL DETERMINATION
General health, comorbidities
Weight
Anticipated activity level and types of activities
Payor Source
Motivation
Cosmesis
Residual limb factors – length/shape, scar, quality of skin, stability

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