For fecal incontinence:
Fecal collectors are placed around the anus of bedridden persons and are designed to contain liquid stool and help protect perianal skin from irritation and maceration caused by fecal discharge
For urinary incontinence:
Men can use a drip collector for small amounts of urine leakage. This is a small pocket that fits over the penis. Wear close-fitting underwear to keep it in place. Men can also use a condom catheter device. It fits over the penis like a condom. A tube carries the urine that collects in it to a bag attached to the leg. This helps to prevent odor and skin problems.
Women can try different products, depending on the cause for their urine leakage. External devices include:
- Foam pads that are very small and fit between your labia. You take the pad out when you need to urinate, and then put a new one in. Common brands are Miniguard, UroMed, Impress, and Softpatch.
- A urethra cap is a silicone cap, or shield that fits in place over your urinary opening. It can be washed and used again (meatal cup). Common brands are CapSure and FemAssist.
- Urinary pouches are designed to be worn externally (Female External Catheter) and are an alternative to indwelling catheter for bedridden females.
Pricing and Suppliers
Is it covered by Medicare Part B?
Male external catheters (condom-type) or female external urinary collection devices are covered for beneficiaries who have permanent urinary incontinence when used as an alternative to an indwelling catheter. Fecal collectors are covered by Medicare when requirements are met.
Medicare has guidelines that establish what is considered medically necessary and how often an item can be used.
How can I purchase this product?
If you have coverage through Medicare Part B, you may be eligible to have this product covered by Medicare if your condition meets Medicare requirements. You will need a written order prescribed by a provider enrolled in Medicare, so that you can purchase this product at a Durable Medical Equipment store that accepts Medicare. You will need to pay deductibles and co-payment. The actual co-payment amount varies according to your state. If you do not have Medicare Part B or do not meet the requirements needed for coverage, you can find this product at pharmacies and medical supply stores. When available, please see pricing in "Other Stores" below.
The table below shows highest and lowest Medicare pricing across the country
|Description||Medicare DME co-payment Min / Max
|Male external catheter||
$2.11 / $2.48
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=2116
* 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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