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Speech Generating Devices
Effective January 1, 2001, augmentative and alternative communication devices or communicators which are hereafter referred to as “speech generating devices” are now considered to fall within the durable medical equipment (DME) benefit category established by §1861(n) of the Social Security Act (the Act). They may be covered if the Medicare Administrative Contractor medical staff determines that the patient suffers from a severe speech impairment and that the medical condition warrants the use of a device based on the following definitions.
Definition of Speech Generating Devices
Speech generating devices are defined as speech aids that provide an individual who has a severe speech impairment with the ability to meet his functional speaking needs. Speech generating devices are characterized by:
Devices that would not meet the definition of speech generating devices and therefore, do not fall within the scope of §1861(n) of the Act are characterized by:
11/2000 - Added new section, and defined speech generating devices. Effective and implementation dates January 1, 2001. (TN 132) (CR 1328)
09/2002 - Corrected section to include material that was inadvertently deleted via transmittal 150. Effective date NA. (TN 158) (No change request number.)
This NCD has been or is currently being reviewed under the National Coverage
Determination process. The following are existing associations with NCAs, from the National
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