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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
Medical supplies and dressings (consumables) are those that do not withstand prolonged, repeated use.
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.
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