Durable medical equipment (DME) is equipment that helps people complete activities of daily living. DME includes a variety of items, such as wheelchairs, walkers, oxygen tanks, orthotics, and more.
However, Medicare has very specific rules around the types of DME it covers, and how a beneficiary can obtain DME, both in terms of how it needs to be “prescribed” and where the individual can purchase DME.
The Medicare Rights Center has developed a suite of resources for us that help consumers and professionals better understand DME rules. These include:
- A short consumer fact sheet in English and in Spanish that explains the basics of DME.
- A frequently asked questions (FAQ) guide for more in-depth discussion about DME coverage and appeals.
- A slide presentation for consumers and professionals (note: these slides are posted in PDF due to file limitations; please email the Center for the PowerPoint versions.)
Feel free to use, adapt, and share these materials with your colleagues and clients!