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Medicaid Update for Synthesized Speech-Generating Devices

Friday, June 14, 2019

ForwardHealth has published the June 2019 ForwardHealth Update (2019-16), titled “Revised Coverage and Prior Authorization Policy for Synthesized Speech-Generating Devices.” This Update announces revised coverage and prior authorization (PA) policy for synthesized speech-generating devices (SGDs). Synthesized SGDs use computer-generated speech output instead of, or in addition to, recorded speech output to improve members’ communication abilities. ForwardHealth has created two optional forms to support speech-language pathologists in providing necessary documentation to the durable medical equipment provider for PA submission to ForwardHealth.