LEEDer Group Inc.
8508 North West 66th St.
Miami, Florida 33166 USA

Phone: 305.436.5030
Fax: 305.436.0086
E-mail Address: info {at] LEEDerGroup [dot] com

2011-04 Reasonable Useful Lifetime and Duplicate Items - Billing Reminder

Reasonable Useful Lifetime (RUL) and Duplicate Items – Billing Reminder Posted April 29, 2011 (GEN)
  • Medicare defines a Reasonable Useful Lifetime (RUL) for many items. RUL is the expected minimum lifespan for the item. It starts on the initial date of service and runs for the defined length of time. The default RUL for durable medical equipment is statutorily set at 5 years. RUL is also applied to other non-DME items such as orthoses and prostheses. RUL is not applied to supply items.
  • If a same or similar item is provided during the RUL of an item already in the beneficiary’s possession, it will be denied as same/similar or duplicate.
  • Suppliers are encouraged to inquire about the beneficiary’s history of similar items.
  • Refer to the Supplier Manual for additional information about RUL and duplicate items.