Tampa patients take heed: If your doctor has prescribed a reusable piece of medical equipment, it’s probably covered by Medicare Part B. These supplies are categorized as Durable Medical Equipment, or DME.
And with Medicare Part B DME coverage, you have both the freedom and responsibility to acquire these medical tool or tools that you’ll be using at home, perhaps every day. So you’ll want to know what options you have, what DME will work best for you and your home life, and what DME will last the longest under repeated use—all while staying within Medicare’s coverage parameters.
At Helios, we strongly recommend you consult with a Tampa medical equipment supplier who also has extensive familiarity with insurance and Medicare. With the proper guidance, we can make sure you get exactly what you need when it comes to DME under Medicare coverage.
What is DME?
Durable medical equipment is designed for repeated use at home and within a patient’s normal day-to-day activities.
DME includes everything from mobility equipment like canes and walkers to oxygen equipment, blood sugar test kits, and CPAP machines for sleep apnea.
Does Medicare Cover DME?
Yes! Medicare Part B covers medically necessary DME—that is, equipment that has been explicitly prescribed by your physician for use in your home.
Why is a Specialized Tampa DME Supplier So Important?
We’ve talked in the past about the importance of finding a reliable supplier for single-use medical equipment.
At least with DME, you won’t need to replace your supplies on a regular basis. But you still need a trustworthy supplier.
While your physician may have issued an Rx for DME, there are still a lot of options and adjustments out there.
DME involves repeated, everyday use. So if your new DME isn’t right for you, it’s probably not going to get any better. And you can’t just change it out like you could a wound-care bandage or wrap.
For instance, if you need DME in the form of mobility equipment, those supplies need to fit your size, your strengths, and account for any balance issues while mitigating slip and fall risks in your home.
You do not just want to accept whatever arrives from the internet. You may wind up settling for a piece of equipment that doesn’t fit right, that exasperates existing problems (or even creates new ones), or that you just don’t like. You don’t have to settle for sub-par DME.
Instead, a licensed Tampa medical equipment supplier like Helios can make sure the durable medical equipment suits your needs. We can even make sure it’s adjusted correctly for your size and abilities. Plus, we carry and can recommend pads, slip-proof rubber tips, and other accessories that will optimize your DME for use and comfort.
Tampa’s Final Word on DME and Medicare Coverage
Helios is here for all of Tampa Bay’s at-home DME needs. We can also help you navigate your insurance coverage, including Medicare Part B coverage for your DME. Helios also repairs Tampa DME.
Call us when you need home medical equipment that lasts. We’ll make sure you get what you need.