Subject: Speech-Generating Devices
Reviewed: September 29, 2014
This Clinical Policy Bulletin explains how we determine whether certain services or supplies are medically necessary. We made our decisions based on a review of currently available clinical information including:
We expressly reserve the right to revise these conclusions as clinical information changes, and welcome further relevant information.
Each benefits plan defines which services are covered, excluded and subject to dollar caps or other limits. Members and their dentists will need to refer to the member's benefits plan to determine if any exclusions or other benefits limitations apply to this service or supply. The conclusion that a particular service or supply is medically necessary does not guarantee that this service or supply is covered (that is, will be paid for by Aetna) for a particular member. The member's benefits plan determines coverage. Some plans exclude coverage for services or supplies that we consider medically necessary. If there is a discrepancy between this policy and a member's plan of benefits, the benefits plan will govern. In addition, coverage may be mandated by applicable legal requirements of a state, the federal government or CMS for Medicare and Medicaid members.
Original policy: November 4, 2004
Updated: September 25, 2006; August 26, 2008; January 20, 2011; June 5, 2012 ; September 23, 2013
Revised: November 16, 2009; September 29, 2014
Medical Policy Bulletin #0437, revised July 15, 2014:
This CPB has been revised to state that pagers, smart phones, and tablet devices (for example,iPads) are not dedicated SGDs are not covered because they do not meet the definition of DME.
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