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Subject: Orthotics

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Orthotics are devices that support, restore or protect a function of your body. Orthotics may also redirect or restrict the motion of an impaired body part. Types of orthotics include supports, braces and splints and can be rigid or semi-rigid.

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Note: For all medical decisions about this service, Florida Blue uses the Position Statement in the Clinical View of this medical coverage guideline. To make the best decision for your health needs, talk to your doctor. The services covered vary from health plan to health plan. Refer to your health plan contract for complete information about your coverage.


The following orthotic devices and orthotic-related services meet the definition of medical necessity:

• Appliances necessary for effectively using artificial limbs or corrective braces

• Braces for the leg, arm, neck, back or shoulder

• Corsets for the back or for use after special surgical procedures

• Harnesses necessary for using artificial limbs

• Hernia devices

• Space shoes

• Splints for extremities

• Therapeutic shoes for treating diabetic disease (depth or custom-molded, including inserts or modifications)

• Trusses

• Additions or modifications to an orthotic device when ordered by your doctor.

• Replacement of an orthotic device when your doctor documents the need due to a change in your condition, or the orthotic device is damaged or worn beyond repair.

• Custom molded and designed shoe inserts or supportive devices for the feet when certain requirements are met.

These items are not orthotic devices or are excluded:

• Arch supports or shoe inserts designed to effect conformational changes in the foot or foot alignment

• Cast shoes

• Orthopedic shoes, unless integrated into a leg brace

• Over-the-counter, custom-made or built-up shoes

• Ready-made compression hose

• Self-purchased splints and trusses

• Sneakers

• Support hose.

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• Federal Employee Program (FEP): Certain exceptions apply.

• State Account Organization (SAO): Certain exceptions apply.

• Medicare Advantage products: Certain exceptions apply.

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