Medicare TEP Survey

On October 1, 2010 Medicare instituted a rule change in how Indwelling Tracheoesophageal Voice Prostheses (TEPs) were reimbursed. One of these changes meant that patients could no longer submit for reimbursement for an Indwelling-type device. As described in the August 2011 IAL News, the IAL and the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) are protesting this change and are looking to gather information about how this change may have affected Medicare patients with Indwelling TEPs.

If you or a family member has been affected by this change, please describe your experience below.

Please note, in order to preserve your confidentiality, no names will be used. Comments will be de-identified, e.g. "A.W. from South Carolina wrote the following..."

* 1. Have you been affected financially by this change in terms of the cost of the TEP itself or other related costs?

* 2. If so, please describe how. (Please feel free to use as much detail as you would like).

* 3. Has this change resulted in a change in the type of prosthesis that you wear?

* 4. If so, please describe how. (Feel free to use as much detail as you would like).

* 5. Has this change had any impact in terms of where you have your TEP changed, who changes it, or how far you have to travel for care or management?

* 6. If so, please describe how. (Please feel free to use as much detail as you would like).

* 7. Has this change resulted in any health consequences (such as hospitalization, pneumonia, or the loss of your TEP)?

* 8. If so, please describe how. (Please feel free to use as much detail as you would like).

* 9. Please feel free to add any other comments or statements related to this topic.

* 10. Would you be willing to be contacted if more information related to your responses is needed?

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