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CMS Releases Updated Guide to Home Oxygen and Other Durable Medical Equipment Coverage


The Centers for Medicare & Medcaid Services (CMS) has released an updated durable medical equipment (DME) guide.

This official government booklet, Medicare Coverage of Durable Medical Equipment & Other Devices, explains:
■ What durable medical equipment is
■ Which durable medical equipment, prosthetic, and orthotic items are covered by Original Medicare
■ Where to get help with your questions

DME includes items like:
■ Home oxygen equipment
■ Hospital beds
■ Walkers
■ Wheelchairs

This booklet explains Original Medicare coverage of DME and what you might need to pay. The booklet also explains coverage for prosthetic devices (like ostomy supplies, urinary catheters, enteral nutrition, and certain eyeglasses and contact lenses), leg, arm, neck, and back braces (“orthotics”), and artificial legs, arms, and eyes. It’s important to know what Medicare covers and what you may need to pay.

If you have questions about the cost of DME or coverage after reading this booklet, call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). TTY users can call 1-877-486-2048.