Alaska seeks to cover reused DME

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services and the state legislature want to amend Medicaid regulations to allow reimbursement for reused durable medical equipment, according to a local newspaper article. The reimbursement would be lower than that for new equipment but the equipment would have to meet the same standards for use and have no defects. “(This is) part of bringing the cost down of Medicaid,” said Sen. Peter Micciche, who plans to include the bill on the agenda for the upcoming January session. “Before, in our state, you couldn’t reuse durable medical equipment. If you had a very high-priced wheelchair and the person didn’t need it anymore, they would have to purchase a new one for that client.” A House version of the bill passed in May.