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TRICARE Policy Manual 6010.60-M, April 1, 2015
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Chapter 8
Section 6.1
Medical Supplies And Dressings (Consumables)
Issue Date:  October 25, 1993
Revision:  C-1, March 10, 2017
1.0  DESCRIPTION
Medical supplies and dressings (consumables) are those that do not withstand prolonged, repeated use.
2.0  POLICY
2.1  Medical supplies and dressings (consumables) are covered when related directly to a covered medical condition and obtained from a medical supply company, a pharmacy, or authorized institutional provider. Examples of covered medical supplies and dressings include disposable syringes for diabetics, colostomy sets, irrigation sets, elastic bandages, TED® hose, and external surgical garments designed for use following a mastectomy.
2.2  Generally, the allowable charge of a medical supply item will be under $100. Any item over this amount must be reviewed to determine whether it would not qualify as a Durable Equipment (DE) item. If it is, in fact, a medical supply item and does not represent an excessive charge, it can be considered for benefits under this policy.
3.0  EXCLUSION
Diapers.
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