II. Definitions

  1. Durable Medical Equipment (DME)
    1. Nondisposable, wear-resistant items, prescribed by a medical provider and intended for longterm use by patients
    2. Examples include hospital beds (at home), Walkers, wheelchairs, prosthetic limbs, CPAP

III. Background

  1. Covered under Medicare Part B in U.S.

IV. Approach: DME Prescription Pearls

  1. When writing for DME items, write a description of item using generic terms
  2. Specifically describe use and frequency (scheduled dosing)
  3. Associate a specific diagnosis and ICD10 code for DME Indications
  4. Maximum quantities (e.g. Glucose Test Strips) vary be circumstance (e.g. Insulin use)
  5. Face-to-face encounter is typically needed at least every 6 months for many DME items

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Ontology: Durable Medical Equipment (C0013314)

Definition (OMS) Nondisposable items used while providing care such as special beds, walkers, and apnea monitors.
Definition (MSH) Devices which are very resistant to wear and may be used over a long period of time. They include items such as wheelchairs, hospital beds, artificial limbs, etc.
Concepts Medical Device (T074)
MSH D004389
SnomedCT 425399007
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Swedish Hållbar medicinsk utrustning
Czech trvalé lékařské vybavení
Spanish equipo médico duradero, equipo médico duradero (objeto físico), Equipo Médico Durable
Finnish Lääketieteelliset kestotarvikkeet
Russian OBORUDOVANIE MEDITSINSKOE DOLGOVREMENNOGO POL'ZOVANIIA, MEDITSINSKOE OBORUDOVANIE DOLGOVREMENNOGO POL'ZOVANIIA, МЕДИЦИНСКОЕ ОБОРУДОВАНИЕ ДОЛГОВРЕМЕННОГО ПОЛЬЗОВАНИЯ, ОБОРУДОВАНИЕ МЕДИЦИНСКОЕ ДОЛГОВРЕМЕННОГО ПОЛЬЗОВАНИЯ
French Matériel médical durable, Équipement médical de longue durée, Matériel médical de longue durée, Équipement médical durable
Polish Sprzęt medyczny trwały, Sprzęt wielorazowego użytku
Japanese 医療機器-耐久, 耐久医療機器, 機器-医療-耐久, 機器-耐久医療
Norwegian Medisinsk flergangsutstyr
German Hilfsmittel, medizinische, Medizinische Hilfsmittel
Italian Apparecchiature mediche durevoli
Dutch Apparatuur, duurzame medische, Apparatuur, medische, duurzame, Duurzame medische apparatuur
Portuguese Equipamentos Médicos Duráveis