by Jared Staheli
June 18th, 2015
Medical supplies are items that, due to their therapeutic or diagnostic characteristics, are essential in enabling personnel to carry out effectively the care the physician has ordered for the treatment or diagnosis of the patient's illness or injury. Medical supplies fit into two categories. They are classified as:
• Routine because they are used in small quantities for patients during the usual course of most home visits; or
• Nonroutine because they are needed to treat a patient's specific illness or injury in accordance with the physician's plan of care and meet further conditions discussed in more detail below.
Both routine and non-routine medical supplies are included in the home health PPS rate and are not separately payable if the beneficiary is under a home health plan of care. The CMS publishes a list of these medical supplies annually, identified by HCPCS code. If no home health plan of care is in place, non-routine medical supplies are reported separately on the bill and the supplies are payable on 34x bills.