A first-aid type adhesive bandage (e.g., Band-Aid or similar product) is a wound cover with a pad size of less than 4 square inches . The adhesive bandage protects the wound and scab from friction, bacteria, damage, and dirt, making the healing process of the body less disturbed. Some of the dressings have antiseptic properties. An additional function is to hold the two cut ends of the skin together to make the healing process faster. 
They come in different sizes and are packaged individually to maintain sterility. Some variations are sheer, Woven, Blue Metal Detectable, Knuckle, Fingertip, Butterfly Closure
- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services 2015. Local Coverage Article for Surgical Dressings - Policy Article (A54563)
- GPO.gov eCFR — Code of Federal Regulations CFR 21
Pricing and Suppliers
Is it covered by Medicare Part B?
Adhesive Bandages, First-Aid Type are non-covered under the Medicare Part B surgical dressing benefit. People with Medicare Part B (beneficiaries) who need to change surgical dressings at their homes and who are not being cared for by a home health agency may have specific types of dressings covered by Medicare. Dressings need to be considered medically necessary for treatment of a surgical or surgically treated wound. Medicare has guidelines that establish what is considered medically necessary and how often an item can be used.
Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Local Coverage Determination for Surgical Dressings (L33831) [Internet]. 2016 [cited 2017 Apr 30]
How can I purchase this product?
You can purchase Adhesive Bandage, First-Aid Type directly at pharmacies and medical supply stores. Please see "Other Stores" below.
The table below shows highest and lowest Medicare pricing across the country
|Description||Medicare DME co-payment Min / Max
|Adhesive bandage, first-aid type, any size, each||
$0.00 / $0.00
If your insurance does not cover this product, you can purchase it directly from any store. A list of online stores and prices is provided below for your convenience. For updated prices, find it on the internet at https://woundreference.com/app/product?id=1937
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* Indicates whether store accepts Medicare or commercial insurance, but may not apply to this specific product. See coding, coverage and reimubursement for more information.
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