Did you Know Medicare Allows for up to 200 Catheters Per Month?
Medicare has made a significant policy change to increase the number of catheters provided to a patient each month.
Before this policy change, qualified patients only were allowed 4 catheters per month. This means catheters designed for one-time use were required to be cleaned, boiled, dried, and re-used, sometimes up to 40 times before a new catheter is used.
However, all catheters are discouraged for re-use and the FDA requires that any catheters labeled as “sterile” are required to be packaged individually and thrown away after use.
Don’t’ Reuse your Catheters!
Re-using catheters puts you at greater risk of Urinary Tract Infections (UTI). For this reason, even the FDA requires that catheter manufacturers are required to label sterile catheters for single-use only and discourage the re-using of catheters.
Why did Medicare change its policy?
Money is a major issue – some studies show the re-use of catheters was increasing Medicare costs because of the higher risk for Urinary Tract Infections increases hospital visits, pain & suffering caused by the infections, and disrupts the quality of life for patients.
The policy also contradicts the FDA’s asserting that Sterile Catheters are intended for one-time use.
Here are the facts:
- Most catheters are designed for single-use only, as labeled on their packaging.
- The FDA and the Veterans Administration both agreed that sterile catheters are designed for single-use only.
- The old Medicare policy encouraged the re-use of catheters.
- Re-using catheters can put you at risk for Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)
- Under the new Medicare policy changes, you can now qualify to receive up to 200 catheters per month.
- 200 catheters per month means up to 6 catheters per day without re-using a single catheter.
STLMedical.com can supply your urinary catheters – now up to 200 per month – under your Medicare coverage. Shipping is always free for all orders over $50.
Start using a new catheter every time you cath – you will decrease the risk of Urinary Tract Infections and the assurance for a sterile cath – each and every time you cath!