Medicare Coverage of Voice Amplifiers Voice amplification devices are a class of equipment that are needed by individuals who have a severe speech impairment, and who are unable to produce speech with enough volume to meet their daily communication needs. Individuals with ALS and other impairments may need voice amplification to meet their daily communication ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 2004
Medicare Coverage of Voice Amplifiers
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  • Lewis Golinker
    Assistive Technology Law Center, Ithaca, NY
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Augmentative & Alternative Communication / Practice Management / Articles
Article   |   December 01, 2004
Medicare Coverage of Voice Amplifiers
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, December 2004, Vol. 13, 20. doi:10.1044/aac13.4.20
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, December 2004, Vol. 13, 20. doi:10.1044/aac13.4.20
Voice amplification devices are a class of equipment that are needed by individuals who have a severe speech impairment, and who are unable to produce speech with enough volume to meet their daily communication needs. Individuals with ALS and other impairments may need voice amplification to meet their daily communication needs. These devices may be used in face to face communication, as well as to amplify speech for telephone communication.
Voice amplification devices are available from multiple sources. A “google search” for “voice amplifiers” produces a range of products and suppliers.
Funding for voice amplifiers is available from Medicare. These devices are considered prosthetic devices under Medicare Part B. Medicare coverage of voice amplifiers is confirmed by a joint policy statement issued by all four of the DME regional carriers, or DMERCs. The DMERCs wrote:

The Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) [now the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, CMS]has determined that voice amplifiers used for beneficiaries with impaired function of their larynx (which is still present) are eligible for coverage by Medicare. This decision is retroactive, and therefore applies to any dates of service on which these items were/are provided.

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