In July, the J.H. Emerson Co., makers of CoughAssist, announced Medicare’s adoption of a national coverage policy for this device, which helps people with failing respiratory muscles to clear secretions. This new policy applies to people with an ineffective cough due to ALS and other neuromuscular disorders involving weakness of the respiratory muscles.
Using HCPCS code E0482, "cough-simulating device, alternate positive and negative pressure," will make it easier to obtain Medicare reimbursement for the CoughAssist. For further details, contact J.H. Emerson at (800) 252-1414, or visit www.jhemerson.com.