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A physician must write a prescription for a Durable Medical Equipment (DME) & Supplies. DME equipment items are Wheelchairs, Walkers, Hospital Beds, and Diabetic Supplies, catheters, pillows, special orthopedict items etc…. The prescription needs a Diagnosis and length of need. A written prescription is required.
Medicare, Medicaid, and Commercial Insurance
Certain insurance polices may pay for your DME Equipment & Supplies, however that is up to the insurance. The payment is based on diagnosis, and other information.
Medicare – In addition to a prescription, Medicare requires that your DME Equipment is to be used in hour home. Medicare covers only equipment that is medically necessary. Some equipment is considered convenience equipment and will not be covered.
DME requirements are as follows;
- Complete description of equipment & supplies
- Length of need
- Physicians Signature
Third Party Insurances – All third party insurances require a prescription as described above.
Requirements for DME Equipment & supplies are different for each insurance plan so there is no guarantee that your insurance will cover your mattress or pillow or how much they will cover if they do choose to do so.
The Insurance companies Require the Following:
You must prescribe the equipment on a
- Prescription pad
- Prescribers letterhead
- Insurance company general prescription form