Durable Medical Equipment and Medical Supplies
As the demographics of our population evolve, DME and disposable medical supplies will become more common. In fact, virtually all families in this country have a member who either has or is currently using some form of DME or disposable medical supply to remain independent. In the case of DME, it’s difficult to go to a public place and not see someone using a cane, walker, or wheelchair, yet most of us pay little attention to the impact DME has on our population. Reliable Medical Supply offers you a wide range of durable medical equipment (DME) and medical supplies.
Durable Medical Equipment (DME)
DME is a broad, encompassing term used to describe equipment that is primarily and customarily used to serve a medical purpose, can withstand repeated use, and is appropriate for use in the home. Typically a patient will use DME equipment to perform his or her daily activities like mobility and bathing in the home. While managing the recovery from an injury, the progression of a disease or condition, or just the general effects of aging, it’s very common for an individual to have many different types of DME in the home. Use of DME not only helps patients perform independent daily activities in the home, but often allows them to participate in activities out of the home as well. Shopping, doctor visits, family and community events, and travel are some of the activities that millions of people perform daily with the assistance of DME. Some examples of common DME include hospital beds, walkers, wheelchairs, canes/crutches, and bath chairs. View our durable medical equipment product lines.
Disposable Medical Supplies
Disposable medical supplies describe equipment that is primarily used to manage a condition. Many disposable medical supplies help protect caregivers as well as patients while other disposable medical supplies assist in the control of certain conditions, such as incontinence or wound care. Reliable Medical Supply works with customers to find the cost-effective quality tools and materials they need to improve their own or a loved one’s health and wellbeing. View our disposable medical supplies product lines.
Coverage for DME and Disposable Medical Supplies
If your doctor prescribes a DME and/or DME supplies, they may be a covered item under your health insurance plan. A simple insurance verification will tell us if your item is covered and/or if it requires a prior authorization. At a minimum you will need a detailed prescription from your doctor for insurance coverage.
It’s in your best interest to work with a local supplier to determine coverage and ensure you’re getting the most appropriate piece of durable medical equipment and DME supplies possible. It’s possible that, even if your doctor writes you a detailed prescription, your insurance plan may not cover the requested item. It’s also possible that the standard piece of equipment may not be what you want and, depending on your insurance, you could pay an out-of-pocket upgrade charge to get the DME you desire. Most DME can be purchased out-of-pocket with no detailed prescription required.