Does my child need a prescription for us to buy Chummie bedwetting alarm?
No, Chummie is available ‘over the counter’ without a prescription.
Is the Chummie bedwetting alarm covered by insurance?
The Chummie Bedwetting alarms are covered by most insurance plans. They are generally considered “medically necessary durable medical equipment”. The HCPCS (billing) code for enuresis (bedwetting) alarms is S8270. The diagnosis code for primary nocturnal enuresis (bedwetting) is 788.36.
All plans are different, so you will need to check with your individual plan about the enrollee’s specific benefit. Some plans require a normal physical exam and urine test to rule out rare physical problems prior to agreeing to cover an alarm, or have other coverage determination guidelines, such as the child’s age and frequency of wetting. Some plans will want you to get a doctor’s prescription (even though you can buy a Chummie without a prescription).
If your insurance plan covers this bedwetting treatment, you will need to submit your receipt to your plan for reimbursement.
What if I don’t have insurance?
Even if you don’t have insurance, parents will tell you that buying a Chummie is money well-spent. Chummie can actually save you money because it will eliminate the need to buy expensive night diapers and you will save money on laundry. Plus, you can’t put a price on your child’s self-esteem and the convenience and uninterrupted sleep Chummie makes possible. If you are unable to afford a Chummie on your own, please enroll in the Chummie purchase assistance program.
Is Chummie bedwetting alarm covered under FSA’s (Flexible Spending, or “Pre-Tax” Spending Accounts)?
Yes, bedwetting alarms are a FSA-eligible expense.
Do I need an extra sensor?
The Intelliflex sensor is designed to be durable, and should last the entire length of treatment. (Unlike some competitors’ sensors, which corrode in a few weeks and may need to be replaced.) You don’t have to worry about spending money on replacement sensors over time.
Some parents purchase a second sensor because they like the convenience of having a spare sensor available so they can quickly change sensors during the night and return to bed, and can clean the used sensor in the morning.