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Durable Medical Equipment Defined
Medical equipment is defined under the code as "durable medical equipment" and generally connotes medically-related equipment that meets the following elements:
- The equipment can be again used by others after your usage;
- The equipment serves a medical purpose;
- The equipment is useful for the illness from which the patient suffers; and
- The equipment can be used in the home by the patient.
Should there be an issue over whether your medical treatment will be covered, you should seek assistance from your Medicare office to make the determination of coverage in advance. Fortunately, very little of these expenses are "emergency" in nature, and as such, the time to make the determination of coverage is prior to making these expenditures.