Durable Medical Equipment

Summary of Benefits and Coverage and Uniform Glossary (CMS–10407)

April 4, 2016
All consumers need clear and accessible information. For consumers with disabilities, however, these needs become quite specific. That is, coverage information about such topics as the treatment of habilitation services and devices durable medical equipment, orthotics and prosthetics, prescription drugs, and mental health coverage is particularly important since these are items that enable people with chronic conditions and disabilities to remain functional in their lives and communities.

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It’s What We Hoped Would Happen: HEALTHCARE STORIES

January 12, 2014
It's absolutely satisfying to see DREDF's HEALTHCARE STORIES videos make their way into the hands of our primary target audiences: providers of healthcare services and medical educators. On January 24, 2014, Mary Lou Breslin will screen a selection of our HEALTHCARE STORIES at the University of California, San Francisco, one of the leading medical centers and schools in the US.

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Proposed Accessibility Standards for Medical Diagnostic Equipment

June 8, 2012
Although the proposed technical criteria are intended to address most of the barriers that have been identified as affecting the accessibility and usability of medical diagnostic equipment, not every barrier is addressed in the proposed standards.

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California’s Dual Eligibles Demonstration

May 8, 2012
Dual eligibles will be passively enrolled in Medicare. Individuals who do not actively opt out of the demonstration will be locked in to a particular health plan for 6 months. Enrollees are left to rely upon a 6 month care continuity option, that does not appear to extend to such critical ancillary providers as Durable Medical Equipment (DME) suppliers and seating fitters, and a Medi-Cal Medical Exemptions Request (MER) process that has been fraught with interpretation and implementation difficulties during the mandatory enrollment of seniors and persons with disabilities under the 1115 waiver.

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EHR Standards and Certification Criteria

May 7, 2012
In the proposed rules for Stage 2, we were similarly troubled to see CMS state that: However, providers should be aware that while meaningful use is limited to the capabilities of CEHRT to provide online access there may be patients who cannot access their EHRs electronically because of their disability.

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Final Comments on Advance Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRMs)

January 1, 2011
DREDF welcomes the opportunity to provide detailed, targeted responses to the questions posed by the Department in its four recent Advance Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRMs) to amend regulations issued under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

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