What is DMEPOS?

NASL 2019 Issue Briefs:


DMEPOS = Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies.

For Medicare purposes, durable medical equipment (DME) means equipment that:

  • Can withstand repeated use
  • Is used primarily and customarily to serve a medical purpose
  • Generally is not useful to a person in the absence of illness or injury
  • Is appropriate for use in the home

DME includes a wide range of products, such as:

  • Alternating pressure pads and mattresses (also known as support surfaces)
  • Blood glucose monitors or meters
  • Canes
  • Commodes
  • Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices
  • Crutches
  • Hospital beds (for home use)
  • Infusion pumps
  • Intermittent positive pressure breathing machines
  • Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT)
  • Oxygen equipment
  • Traction equipment
  • Vaporizers
  • Ventilators
  • Walkers
  • Wheelchairs

​Current DMEPOS issues include:

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