Durable medical equipment is a term used to describe any reusable medical equipment in a home or facility setting to provide in a better quality of life. The equipment or supplies must be necessary for diagnosis or treatment of a specific medical problem. If you are in a Skilled Nursing Facility, the facility provides the equipment as part of their care. Examples of durable medical equipment include:
Bath safety products such as shower and bath chairs or rails, pressure support pads may be covered by insurance, but the pumps to operate them are not. Lift chairs are not covered, but the motor to operate the chair may be covered.
Durable medical equipment is included in most private insurance and Medicare with a doctor or nurse practitioner’s written order. In addition, the order must meet medical necessity and insurance guidelines. Sometimes, there is specific documentation required before you can receive the equipment. Frequently, with Medicare and private insurance, you are responsible for co-pays. In this area, Medicare instituted competitive bidding. Companies are authorized by Medicare to offer only certain equipment and/or supplies. You or your loved one may have to use multiple companies to get what you need.
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