What you need to know about Medicare-covered Equipment and Supplies
Durable medical equipment is reusable medical equipment such as walkers, wheelchairs, or hospital beds. Anyone who has Medicare Part B can have Medicare help pay for the rental or purchase of durable medical equipment, as long as the equipment is medically necessary. Medical equipment that is ordered by a doctor (or qualified nurse practitioner, physician assistant, or clinical nurse specialist) for use in the home. A hospital or nursing home that mostly provides skilled care can't qualify as a "home" in this situation.
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 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.
Frequently Asked Questions on Supplier Directory
Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions section of www.medicare.gov/supplier to get the most up-to-date answers to your Supplier Directory questions.