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Equipment in skilled nursing facility/long term care facility

These services may or may not be covered by your HealthPartners plan. Please see your plan documents for your specific coverage information. If there is a difference between this general information and your plan documents, your plan will be used to determine your coverage.

Administrative process

  • This policy only applies to members that reside in, are custodial at, or are on a private pay basis in a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF)/Nursing Facility (NF)/Long Term Care Facility (LTC).
  • Items that require prior authorization will also require prior authorization when ordered while the member resides in a skilled nursing facility or is paying privately.
  • For members in an approved/covered stay in a SNF/NF/LTC - for coverage of individual items, please see related content at the right for link to the Benefit Code Guide for Medical Supplies and Equipment.
    Note
    : Prior authorization requirements on this list are only applicable to HealthPartners members if there is a unique HealthPartners policy. Please check the unique HealthPartners policy to determine prior authorization requirements.
  • For members whose room & board stay is covered by Medicare or HealthPartners, most DME is included in the facility’s per diem.

Generally covered subject to the indications listed below and per your plan documents.

Indications that are covered

Some of the following covered items require prior authorization. 

Ancillary DME may be eligible for rental or purchase. Including but not limited to: life support ventilators, CPAP, BIPAP, oxygen system, seating support systems, TENS, NMES, electrodes, slings, negative pressure wound therapy pump (Wound VAC) (E2402), powered pressure reducing mattress (low air loss or alternating pressure) and other pressure reducing support surfaces (mattress for bed), etc.
  1. Prosthetics and orthotics coverage – refer to the Prosthetic Limb & the Orthotics/Braces policies
  2. A manual Tilt-in-Space wheelchair requires review. Member must have multiple medical problems that can not be accommodated with other positioning adaptations and other alternatives must have been exhausted.
  3. Custom adaptations to a member owned manual wheelchair may be covered on a case by case review. Decision will be based on medical appropriateness.

Indications that are not covered

  1. Routine DME/supplies including but not limited to: wheelchairs, walkers, hospital beds, canes, commodes, traction equipment, formula, suction machines, patient lifts, commodes, weight scales, etc. Examples of supplies include but are not limited to ostomy supplies, enteral feeding supplies, formula, wheelchair cushions, urinary catheters & supplies, wound care / dressing supplies (A6010-A6457) etc.
  2. Power mobility devices are not covered in a SNF/NF/LTC because the facility provides 24 hour nurse caregivers that are able to mobilize a member in a manual wheelchair.

Assisted Living Facilities and Board and Care Facilities are not considered SNF's.

Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) means a facility that is certified by Medicare to provide inpatient skilled nursing care, rehabilitation services or other related health services. Such services can only be performed by, or under the supervision of, licensed nursing personnel. 3

Nursing Facility (NF) means a long term care facility (LTC) certified by the Minnesota Department of Health for services provided and reimbursed under Medicaid. Also known as Nursing Home or long term care.

ROUTINE DME/SUPPLIES are expected to be available and supplied by the SNF/NF/LTC. Including but not limited to: wheelchairs, walkers, hospital beds, canes, commodes, traction equipment, formula, suction machines, patient lifts, commodes, weight scales, etc. Examples of supplies include but are not limited to ostomy supplies, enteral feeding supplies, formula, wheelchair cushions, urinary catheters & supplies, wound care / dressing supplies (A6010-A6457) etc.

ANCILLARY DME/SUPPLIES is tailored exclusively to an individual’s specific medical needs and is ordered under the direction of a physician. These items are more complex medical equipment and may be considered for coverage under the DME benefit. Items include, but are not limited to: life support ventilators, CPAP, BIPAP, oxygen system, seating support systems, TENS, NMES, electrodes, slings, negative pressure wound therapy pump (Wound VAC) (E2402), etc.

If available, codes are listed below for informational purposes only, and do not guarantee member coverage or provider reimbursement. The list may not be all-inclusive.

Vendor

  • Items must be received from a contracted vendor for in-network benefits to apply. 

Products

This information is for most, but not all, HealthPartners plans. Please read your plan documents to see if your plan has limits or will not cover some items. If there is a difference between this general information and your plan documents, your plan documents will be used to determine your coverage. These coverage criteria may not apply to Medicare Products if Medicare requires different coverage. For more information regarding Medicare coverage criteria or for a copy of a Medicare coverage policy, contact Member Services at 952-883-7979 or 1-800-233-9645.

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Policy activity

  • 3/01/1998 - Date of origin
  • 3/01/1998 - Effective date
Reviews & revisions
  • 12/2014
Policy number
  • D060-03

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