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  • Durable Medical Equipment > Medical and Surgical Supplies

    EmblemHealth Medicaid Members

    Effective October 1, 2011, EmblemHealth covers pharmacy benefit services for all Medicaid members. The benefit includes all Medicaid covered over-the-counter medications, diabetic supplies, select durable medical equipment and medical supplies.

    EmblemHealth covers medical/surgical supplies routinely furnished or administered as part of an office visit. Note: Medical/surgical supplies dispensed in a doctor's office or other non-inpatient setting, or by a certified home health aide as part of an at-home visit, are not covered as separate billable items.

    Child Health Plus Members

    EmblemHealth does not cover most medical/surgical supplies for CHPlus members. However, items such as diabetic supplies are covered, as well as smoking cessation products, enteral formulae, canes, walkers, commode accessories and equipment for respiratory care. Providers can contact EmblemHealth at 1-877-842-3625 for a complete listing of items covered by the CHPlus program.

    All Other Members

    For all other members, medical/surgical supplies are covered as specified under the medical benefit with the participating vendor.

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    Glossary terms found on this page:

    Medical equipment, goods, implements and prosthetics that are prescribed for patient care, usually in an outpatient setting. Examples of such equipment include hospital beds, wheelchairs and walkers.

    Service provided after the patient is admitted to the hospital. Inpatient stays are those lasting 24 hours or more.

    An organization comprised of individual physicians or physicians in group practices that contracts with the managed care organization on behalf of its member physicians to provide health care services. Also called an Independent Practice Association.

    Acronym for Medicare Advantage. An alternative to the traditional Medicare program in which private plans run by health insurance companies provide health care benefits that eligible beneficiaries would otherwise receive directly from the Medicare program.

    A jointly funded federal and state program that provides hospital and medical coverage to the low-income population and certain aged and disabled individuals.

    An individual and each of his or her eligible dependents, including Medicare beneficiaries who are enrolled or participate in a benefit program and who are entitled to receive covered services from the practitioner pursuant to such benefit program and the terms of the practitioner's agreement.

    A medical practitioner or covered facility recognized by EmblemHealth for reimbursement purposes. A provider may be any of the following, subject to the conditions listed in this paragraph:

    • Doctor of medicine
    • Doctor of osteopathy
    • Dentist
    • Chiropractor
    • Doctor of podiatric medicine
    • Physical therapist
    • Nurse midwife
    • Certified and registered psychologist
    • Certified and qualified social worker
    • Optometrist
    • Nurse anesthetist
    • Speech-language pathologist
    • Audiologist
    • Clinical laboratory
    • Screening center
    • General hospital
    • Any other type of practitioner or facility specifically listed in the member's Certificate of Insurance as a practitioner or facility recognized by EmblemHealth for reimbursement purposes

    A provider must be licensed or certified to render the covered service. The covered service must be within the scope of the Provider's license or certification.

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