Home medical equipment is a category of devices used for patients whose care is being managed from a home or other private facility managed by a nonprofessional caregiver or family member. It is often referred to as “durable” medical equipment (DME) as it is intended to withstand repeated use by non-professionals or the patient, and is appropriate for use in the home.
Medical supplies of an expendable nature, such as bandages, rubber gloves and irrigating kits are not considered by Medicare to be DME.
Within the US medical and insurance industries, the following acronyms are used to describe home medical equipment:
DME: Durable Medical Equipment
HME: Home Medical Equipment
DMEPOS: Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies
For MOST equipment, a doctor’s prescription is needed.
For most home medical equipment, a patient must have a doctor’s prescription for the equipment needed; this is not always true for minor HME such as walkers or canes.
The physician may then recommend a supplier for the home medical equipment, or the patient will have to research this on their own. HME / DMEPOS suppliers are located throughout the country; for suppliers of oxygen and other critical medical equipment, Medicare rules require the supplier to only serve patients within a fixed distance, to ensure their ability to deliver supplies and maintain equipment in a timely fashion. For most areas of the US this results in a great number of local HME / DMEPOS suppliers available to the patient in their immediate area.
- Medical supplies for your home make your day more comfortable
- Prescribed equipment is necessary for treatment
- The necessary equipment can be delivered to your door
State of the Art home equipment is available…
Balboa Pharmacy provides a variety of state-of-the-art respiratory and home medical equipment for our patients who have been hospitalized and are preparing to go home, as well as others with special medical needs.
Balboa Pharmacy allows you to shop discreetly from the privacy of your own home for your incontinence products, ostomy supplies, walkers, canes or any one of the thousands of other home medical supplies and medical equipment we have available. All shipped directly to your door from one of our warehouses.