Durable medical equipment is reusable medical equipment such as walkers, wheelchairs, or hospital beds. Anyone who has Medicare Part B can get durable medical equipment as long as the equipment is medically necessary.
If you have Part B, the Original Medicare Plan covers durable medical equipment when your doctor or treating practitioner (such as a nurse practitioner, physician assistant, or clinical nurse specialist) prescribes it for you to 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 as your home.
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.
Medicare Advantage Plans (like an HMO or PPO) must cover the same items and services as the Original Medicare Plan. Your costs will depend on which plan you choose, and may be lower than the Original Medicare Plan. If you are in a Medicare Advantage Plan and 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.