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Posted 09/26/2019 in Category 1

Durable Medical Equipment (DME) for Home


Durable Medical Equipment (DME) for Home

Durable medical equipment (DME) is any form of healthcare device that helps a patient at home and enhances the quality of life. Examples of durable medical equipment for home are hospital reclines, oxygen, walkers, crutches, shower chairs, wheelchairs, power scooters and commodes.

Similarly to home care and infusion services, the purchase of durable medical equipment for home by insurance agencies varies with the financial level of the client. Any request made to the insurance company for durable medical equipment for home must be medically proven. Your home care providers should order and provide the documentation for the equipment to smoothen your payment process. However some DME may have to be paid through a monthly rental stipend. Many insurance companies will also not cover two similar types of home medical equipment for instance a wheelchair and walker. You can also purchase some durable medical equipment for home for example shower chairs, adult diapers, commodes and canes online or at a local drug outlet. This option is cheaper to buy the DME than submitting monthly rental compensations. 

  • Be suitable for use at home.
  • Be durable and not replaceable therefore they should be able to withstand long-term use. 
  • Enhance a medical condition that is, they would not be utilized by an individual who is not disabled.
  • Be prescribed or recommended by a physician.
  • Kidney machines.
  • Orthotics.
  • Lift bed, hospital beds, blankets, pressure mattresses and Bili lights.
  • Traction equipment.
  • Prostheses.
  • Oxygen supplies, monitors, concentrators and ventilators.
  • Personal care assistance equipment such as dressing aids, bath rests and commodes. 
  • Mobility enhancing equipment such as wheelchairs, crutches, canes, scooters and walkers. 
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