DURABLE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT
Durable Medical Equipment is often prescribed for and fitted to our patients in our office as part of our care regimen. “DME” products include walking boots, splints, braces, crutches, custom shoe orthodics and diabetic shoes, as well as other items. We also fit our patients for post operative braces prior to any surgery in our office to not only ensure proper fit, but to ensure that the patient is fully educated on how to properly utilize the brace to ensure optimal healing.
Each product provided within our office has its own unique purpose. Braces are typically used to properly align, position, support and stabilize certain body parts. Walkers, canes and crutches are designed to aid in walking and to help keep weight off of injured or weak legs while assisting with balance. Other products are meant to protect injured body parts from further damage or pain during the healing process or to stabilize body parts during normal physical or daily activities. Our clinical staff will explain the purpose of any product that is prescribed to you.
At Coastal Orthopedic Associates, we are very knowledgeable about insurance coverage for such products and we work to help our patients understand any expense expenses that they may be personally responsible for after insurance coverage.
There are times that a physician may suggest that a patient use a specific DME product, but that product may not be covered by the patient’s insurance. If this is the case, we can still provide the product to you on a cash and carry basis. Some of these products are for your convenience and comfort and all have been thoroughly vetted by our clinical staff to ensure high quality and usefulness for our patient base.
All products are custom fitted by our physicians, physician assistants or medical assistants.
Cash Based DME Products
Here is a brief list of some of the specialty products that we have that are “cash and carry” items:
Cold Therapy Units
Cast Covers (Full Arm, Half Arm, Full Leg, Half Leg)
Even-Up Shoe Levelers
Orthodic Shoe Inserts
Scooter rental for your convenience and cost-savings!
Custom GORE-TEX casting
Insurance Coverage for DME
Depending upon your insurance provider and individual plan, your DME may be eligible for coverage. All of our DME is priced within market standards, in the event that insurance will not cover the necessary equipment.
DME General Policies
Since our products are custom fitted, they cannot be returned. Our clinical staff will explain this to you verbally and provide you with paperwork that you will sign acknowledging that you understand the reasons for this policy.
Diabetic Shoes: Read Diabetic Shoes Policy (PDF)