Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Licensing

Overview

The regulation of businesses providing Durable Medical Equipment (“DME”) or Home Medical Equipment is dependent upon the types of equipment as well as the jurisdiction. Since the term DME covers a wide array of devices, from crutches to catheters to wheelchairs to blood glucose monitors, it may not always be clear for businesses whether they must be licensed in a particular state. Furthermore, additional permitting may be required for certain types of equipment (e.g., a Pharmacy License for oxygen-related devices). LicenseLogix will streamline the process of determining and obtaining the proper DME licenses for your DME business. We provide comprehensive research regarding Durable Medical Equipment DME license requirements, and we prepare error-free application packets, minimizing time-consuming and costly delays.

Background

DME suppliers are governed by stringent federal and state laws, particularly those that participate in the Medicare/Medicaid program. Initially, if a license is determined to be required, a DME company must obtain an “in-state” or a “resident” license. This generally requires an extensive application, varying fees, proof of insurance, and an inspection, which is usually scheduled upon approval of the application. If the company wishes to expand into another state, it must obtain an “out-of-state” or a “non-resident” license in that state. This process is more of the same, but also may require verification that the business currently holds a resident license (or proof that a license is not required) in the home state.

DME providers include DME companies, home health agencies, physicians, and other practitioners. The fact that you are a licensed home health agency or physician/practitioner does not exempt you from DME licensure. The State Board of Pharmacy of Department of Health generally issues licenses.

Ramifications of Non-Compliance

A company providing Durable/Home Medical Equipment without proper DME licenses may be subject to civil and criminal penalties. Companies must be particularly careful to ensure that their employees are properly licensed if they are going to be setting up or installing any of the equipment being provided. In many cases, companies have incurred heavy fines as a result of unlicensed employees.

How we help your business:

  1. We stay up-to-date with changing requirements and forms so you can focus on the job at hand.
  2. We complete license applications efficiently and correctly, allowing your in-house staff to save valuable time struggling to obtain the proper DME licenses.
  3. Once your license has been issued, we ensure that you remain compliant with all DME licensing laws.

More Resources:

- American Association for Homecare


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