Senators Pitch Bill for Medicare Coverage of Disposable Devices
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
A bill recently introduced in the Senate calls for CMS to cover disposable medical technologies used at home as part of Medicare's durable medical equipment (DME) benefit.
Medical devices like wheelchairs, walkers, blood glucose monitors, and home oxygen equipment are classified by Medicare as DMEs. Accordingly, disposable devices do not fit into Medicare's definition of "durable," with a minimum lifetime requirement of three years.