Durable Medical Equipment is covered under Medicare Part B. Durable medical equipment (DME) includes canes, walkers, wheelchairs, scooters, oxygen, and hospital beds. Blood sugar monitors, as well as the test strips used, are also considered durable medical equipment (DME). Other items are covered under the DME portion of the Part B coverage.
That durable medical equipment is covered under Part B of Medicare. You will be subject to that current year’s part b deductible (2023, $226.00) if you haven’t already paid it for that year. Medicare will then pay 80%, leaving you with 20%. Depending on your Medicare Supplement plan, you may not have to pay the Part B deductible or 20%.
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Medicare also does have a competitive bidding program for part b supplies like durable medical equipment. This program is only in certain areas; however, I see it going nationwide. The competitive bidding program is a way that Medicare can help control the costs associated with care.