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Getting medical equipment

Communicate equipment needs
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Getting medical equipment can be hard. Not only do you have to get it you have to make sure the doctor, school, and therapists are on the same page. If your child needs medical equipment here are some tips:
1. Make sure you sign releases so all the parties can communicate with each other (Schools usually have a page in the IEP that list “linkages” for the student).
2. If a doctor orders a piece of equipment make sure you know why and have a say in the selection process.
3. Know the time frame and when the equipment will arrive.
4. Research options to make sure the equipment is usable and what is needed.
5. Ask for help through the process when you need it.
Here are some upcoming resources that may help.
Hold these Dates!

Free webinars on getting durable medical equipment through Medical Assistance managed care will be held in March. These webinars are the third and fourth webinars in a series called, “Getting Durable Medical Equipment (DME) through Pennsylvania Medical Assistance (Medicaid) Managed Care.”

Please hold these dates, and more information will be provided soon:

Tuesday, March 4, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., “Getting Equipment for Hearing from Medical Assistance Managed Care.” Presented by the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, Pennsylvania Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation.

Tuesday, March 11, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., “Getting Your Equipment Repaired Under Medical Assistance Managed Care.” Presented by the Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania (DRN) and Institute on Disabilities at Temple University.

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