Access SLP Health Care

Issue Focus: Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) May 2017
Access SLP Health Care addresses the specific needs of speech-language pathologists working in health care.
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Does Medicare cover speech generating devices?

For a speech generating device (SGD) to be covered by Medicare, it must:
  • be eligible for a defined Medicare benefit category
  • be reasonable and necessary for the diagnosis or treatment of illness or injury or to improve the functioning of a malformed body member
  • meet all other applicable Medicare statutory and regulatory requirements
Prior to the delivery of the SGD, the patient has had a formal evaluation of their cognitive and communication abilities by a speech-language pathologist (SLP). Find additional information regarding payment and coverage rules on the ASHA website.

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The next issue of Access SLP Health Care is coming July 2017! Address comments and suggestions for future topics, information or resources to Monica Sampson at accessslp@asha.org.

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