Durable Equipment Medical

Durable Equipment Medical

Durable Medical Equipment, sometimes called Durable Equipment Medical or DME is defined by Medicare as the following:

1. Durable (long-lasting)
2. Used for a medical reason
3. Not usually useful to someone who isn't sick or injured
4. Used in your home

Most insurance companies define DME as any equipment that provides therapeutic benefits to a patient in need because of certain medical conditions and/or illnesses; consists of items which:

1. Are primarily and customarily used to serve a medical purpose
2. Are not useful to a person in the absence of illness or injury
3. Are ordered or prescribed by a physician
4. Are reusable
5. Can stand repeated use
6. Are appropriate for use in the home.

Examples of DME include equipment such as hospital beds, crutches and canes, walking boots and wrist braces, bathroom and commode chairs, wheelchairs and power mobility devices, patient lifts, and walkers.

In addition, DME can also include supplies such as glucose monitors and test strips, infusion pumps and supplies, nebulizers and nebulizer medications, oxygen equipment and accessories, sleep apnea and Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) devices, and traction equipment.

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