HI 00601.205 Supplies, Appliances and Equipment
Supplies, appliances, and equipment furnished for use in the facility, which are ordinarily
furnished by the facility for the care and treatment of inpatients are covered extended
care services. However, under certain circumstances, supplies, appliances, and equipment
used during the beneficiary's stay are covered even though they leave the facility
with the patient when he is discharged. These are circumstances in which it would
be unreasonable or impossible from a medical standpoint to limit the patient's use
of the item to the periods during which the individual is an inpatient. An example
of items covered under this rule is a brace temporarily attached to the patient's
body while he is receiving treatment as an inpatient and which is also necessary to
permit or facilitate the patient's release from the facility.
Supplies, appliances, and equipment furnished to a patient for use only outside the facility would not, in general, be covered as extended care services.
However, a temporary or disposable item provided to a patient which is medically necessary
to permit or facilitate his departure from the facility and is required until such
time as he can obtain a continuing supply would be covered as an extended care service.