In an Aug. 1 memorandum, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
Services explained that, while the durable medical equipment
benefit generally applies only to items that a beneficiary uses in
the home, there is an exception to the rule.
If the beneficiary uses the equipment in the home any time
during the month-long billing cycle, then Medicare will pay for the
DME for the entire month. In other words, a beneficiary may spend
part of the month in an institution — where care falls under
Medicare Part A — and still be eligible for the Part B DME
More information about this memorandum is available at www.cms.hhs.gov/manuals/default.asp, under the
“Program Memoranda” heading.
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