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Lymphedema Treatment Act of 2019

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Lymphedema Treatment Act of 2019

Lymphedema Treatment Act of 2019
This bill includes certain lymphedema compression treatment items as covered durable medical equipment under Medicare. (Lymphedema is a condition of localized fluid retention and tissue swelling that is caused when the lymphatic system is damaged or blocked.)
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03/28/19

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Date: March 28, 2019

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116.HR.1948
Subject:
Health
Lymphedema Treatment Act of 2019
Date: March 28, 2019 Official Title: To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for Medicare coverage of certain lymphedema compression treatment items as items of durable medical equipment.Short title This Act may be cited as the "Lymphedema Treatment Act of 2019".In general Section 1861 of the Social Security Act () is amended
  • (1) in subsection (n), in the first sentence, by inserting before the semicolon the following: "and includes lymphedema compression treatment items (as defined in subsection (kkk))"; and
  • (2) by adding at the end the following new subsection:
Lymphedema compression treatment items The term
  • (1) means, with respect to an individual, compression garments, devices, bandaging systems, components, and supplies
* (A) that are primarily and customarily used in the medical treatment of lymphedema;
* (B) as prescribed by a physician (or a physician assistant, nurse practitioner, or a clinical nurse specialist (as those terms are defined in section 1861(aa)(5)) to the extent authorized under State law); and
* (C) which would not, other than under subsection (s)(6), be included as medical and other health services under this title; and
  • (2) includes