Medicare Eliminates Computer-Based Device Exclusion: A New Class of AAC Devices Emerges The leadership of Division 12 would like our affiliates to feel that this newsletter is of value to them. We welcome any and all comments. A submission to the Forum can take the form of a typical “letter to the editor” product review, position statement, or any other format the ... Forum
Forum  |   June 01, 2001
Medicare Eliminates Computer-Based Device Exclusion: A New Class of AAC Devices Emerges
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  • Lewis Golinker
    Assistive Technology Law Center Ithaca, NY
  • Editor’s Note: Terms and definitions used in this article come from the National Coverage Decision for Speech Generating Devices, incorporated in the Medicare Coverage Issues Manual The text can be viewed online at this URL: http://www.hcfa.gov/pubforms/06%5Fcim/ci60.htm#_60_23, on the Health Care Financing Administration Web site.
    Editor’s Note: Terms and definitions used in this article come from the National Coverage Decision for Speech Generating Devices, incorporated in the Medicare Coverage Issues Manual The text can be viewed online at this URL: http://www.hcfa.gov/pubforms/06%5Fcim/ci60.htm#_60_23, on the Health Care Financing Administration Web site.×
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Forum   |   June 01, 2001
Medicare Eliminates Computer-Based Device Exclusion: A New Class of AAC Devices Emerges
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, June 2001, Vol. 10, 29-32. doi:10.1044/aac10.2.29
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, June 2001, Vol. 10, 29-32. doi:10.1044/aac10.2.29
The leadership of Division 12 would like our affiliates to feel that this newsletter is of value to them. We welcome any and all comments. A submission to the Forum can take the form of a typical “letter to the editor” product review, position statement, or any other format the submitting party would like to propose. Feel free to send your comments to: Donald R. Fuller, PhD, Managing Editor, ASHA Division 22 Newsletter, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Florida International University, University Park Campus, PC 318, Miami, FL 33199.
Last October, Medicare’s long awaited AAC device coverage guidance was published (see Forum, Division 12 Newsletter, Vol. 10, No. 1, March 2001), but with an unanticipated limitation: Medicare would cover only “dedicated speech-generating devices.” Dedicated devices, as described by Medicare, are not “capable of running software for purposes other than speech generation, e.g., devices that cannot also run a word processing package, an accounting program, or perform other non-medical functions.” Stated more succinctly, a dedicated device is one that will not be “useful to someone without severe speech impairment. “
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