CMS revisits coverage of SGDs

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

BALTIMORE – CMS is instructing its contractors to rescind the “coverage reminder” that mandates speech generating devices (SGDs) be covered for speech only. Since 2001, when the current national coverage determination (NCD) took effect, technology for SGDs and the ways in which the devices are used for patients’ medical needs has changed significantly, says CMS. The agency has indicated that it will internally reconsider Medicare coverage of augmentative and alternative communication devices.