Congress Lifts SGD Restrictions Medicare must lift the capped-rental requirement on speech-generating devices (SGDs) on Oct. 1, allowing Medicare beneficiaries to immediately own their devices and to use them during an inpatient stay. The change is included in the Steve Gleason Act (S. 984), passed by Congress in July. ASHA and many other groups ... News in Brief
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Congress Lifts SGD Restrictions
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Congress Lifts SGD Restrictions
The ASHA Leader, September 2015, Vol. 20, 13. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB2.20092015.13
The ASHA Leader, September 2015, Vol. 20, 13. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB2.20092015.13
Medicare must lift the capped-rental requirement on speech-generating devices (SGDs) on Oct. 1, allowing Medicare beneficiaries to immediately own their devices and to use them during an inpatient stay.
The change is included in the Steve Gleason Act (S. 984), passed by Congress in July.
ASHA and many other groups have spent more than a year strongly opposing Medicare SGD rules that limited the features Medicare would allow on the devices—including Internet connectivity and eye-gaze control—and called for a 13-month rental of the device before the beneficiary could own it, threatening use of the device during inpatient stays.
Earlier this year, Medicare lifted the Internet restriction, allowing SGDs to generate email, text or phone messages, but held that the rental policies required congressional intervention.
The legislation also covers eye-tracking technology for SGDs—a feature denied by Medicare contractors as nonmedical—allowing the feature as medically necessary for people with limited muscle control.
The legislation enacts these policies for three years. ASHA will continue to work with Congress and other stakeholders to develop a permanent solution.
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