Durable medical equipment refers to reusable medical equipment, such as walkers, wheelchairs, or hospital beds. Anyone who has Medicare Part B can receive durable medical equipment as long as the equipment is necessary.
If you have Part B, Original Medicare covers durable medical equipment when your doctor or treating practitioner (such as a nurse practitioner, physician assistant, or clinical nurse specialist) prescribes it to you for use in your home. A hospital or nursing home that is providing you with Medicare-covered care can’t qualify as your “home” in this situation, however, a long-term care facility can qualify. (Note: If you are in a skilled nursing facility and the facility provides you with durable medical equipment, the facility is responsible for this equipment.)
If you have a Medicare Advantage Plan (like HMO or PPO), your costs will depend on which plan you choose, and may be lower than Original Medicare. If you need durable medical equipment, call your plan to find out if the equipment is covered and how much you will have to pay. For more information about Medicare-covered equipment and supplies, call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048.
How to Find Medicare Suppliers
This indicates whether or not the supplier accepts Medicare. Participating suppliers must accept assignment for all supply categories, or accept Medicare's approved payment amount as the payment in full. You should note that you may pay more for products and supplies from suppliers that do not accept Medicare's approved payment amount as the payment in full.