Home Health Care and Disposable Medical Supplies

To:  Recipients of Wisconsin Medicaid home care services

Your home care provider is required to supply some disposable medical supplies used for your care

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Your provider is responsible for some disposable medical supplies

Wisconsin Medicaid requires personal care agencies, home health agencies, and nurses in independent practice to provide some disposable medical supplies (DMS) used when providing services. Disposable medical supplies are disposable, consumable, or nondurable medically necessary supplies that have a very limited life expectancy. As a Wisconsin Medicaid member, you should not provide these supplies for use by the provider. Your provider cannot charge you for them or expect you to provide them.

Wisconsin Medicaid has not changed its policy on these supplies but is providing this information because of questions frequently raised about these supplies.

Supplies brought by your home care provider

Your home care provider is required to supply the following disposable medical supplies if necessary:

  • Non-sterile gloves.
  • Disposable underpads when used for purposes other than incontinence or for bowel and bladder programs.
  • Alcohol (isopropyl).
  • Adhesive remover wipes.
  • Adhesive remover or solvent for tape, cement, or other adhesives.
  • Lubricant.
  • Applicators, such as cotton swabs.
  • Cotton balls.

Your home care provider is only responsible for providing these disposable medical supplies for your use when they are directly providing care for you.

For more information

This list is subject to change. If you would like to know more about Medicaid-covered disposable medical supplies or any other Medicaid topic, refer to the Wisconsin Medicaid Web site at dhs.wisconsin.gov/medicaid/. Keep in mind that if you do not have a computer with Internet access, many libraries have access available. You also may call Member Services at
1-800-362-3002 or 1-608-221-5720 (TTY available).

In the Wisconsin Medicaid Disposable Medical Supplies Index, which is on the Web site listed above, you can locate information about the supplies that your home care provider is responsible for providing while directly delivering care. The supplies you should expect your provider to bring are noted "Yes" under the "IN HC RATE?" column.

PHC 1912 (12/2002)

Last Revised: November 21, 2014