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What is durable medical equipment (DME)?

What is durable medical equipment (DME)?

Published: Nov. 29, 2023

Durable medical equipment refers to medical supports and devices that can withstand repeated uses over time. Common types of DME covered by Medi-Cal covered by Medi-Cal include:

  • Mobility aids such as wheelchairs and scooters (manual and motorized)
  • Ambulation devices such as canes, walkers, and gait trainers
  • Hospital beds and accessories including bedside rails and mattresses
  • Oxygen and respiratory equipment such as oxygen racks and tanks, ventilators, nebulizers, and CPAP machines
  • Patient lifts and standing systems such as stairway chairlifts and standing frames
  • Portable ramps
  • Blood glucose monitors
  • Infusion pumps
  • Bathroom equipment such as seats, benches, stools, rails, and shower hoses
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) technologies such as speech-generating devices
  • DME that helps caretakers with disabilities (including biological parents, stepparents, foster parents, and legal guardians) care for their child

For more information, see our article Durable Medical Equipment (DME) 101.

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