Medicare vs. Speech Generating Devices

Medicare is poised to decline payments for speech generating devices that do not meet their criteria. It’s not that they are dictating improved functionality. They actually expect features to be removed for certain SGDs to qualify for reimbursement. Features that:

  • Facilitate training that can enhance a user’s functional use of the device;
  • Allow video conferencing between the person with a communication disorder and family, friends, etc.
  • Sync the SGD with more portable, multi-use devices such as smart phones, tablets, etc.

Doesn’t make much sense to me, but there it is. I think the best way to explain it is by sharing a link to Lingraphica’s blog and infographic on the topic so you can read about it for yourself.

Let’s spread the word about the #saveSGDtech movement!



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