CMS to replace beneficiary-owned medical equipment damaged by Harvey

CMS on Thursday issued new guidance to help beneficiaries replace medical equipment and supplies that were lost or damaged from Hurricane Harvey.

Through the guidance, Medicare will pay for the replacement of any durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies a beneficiary owned before the hurricane.

HHS Secretary Tom Price, MD, created a waiver under the Social Security Act, which allows CMS to temporarily suspend certain requirements beneficiaries must usually follow — like obtaining a new physician's order — to replace equipment.

"This action will help to make sure that beneficiaries can continue to access the needed medical equipment and supplies they rely on each day," CMS said in a press release emailed to Becker's.

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