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Durable Medical Equipment (DME)

Data Element

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DME Orders
Description
Medically necessary equipment (and the corresponding order) that a physician prescribes for use in a patient’s home, including wheelchairs, walkers, and hospital beds.

Comment

Support for using UDI as part of DME ordering

Symmetric Health Solutions Response to Comment:  Durable medical equipment (DME) are regulated medical devices and fall under the FDA CDRH UDI Regulations. Since DME is an essential part of patient care and DME performance affects patient outcomes, we agree that the UDIs of DMEs should be included in USCDI. In addition, our organization can map the device identifier of UDI (UDI-DI) to DME for reimbursement purposes and assumes that other vendors could create similar functionality that would use UDI to increase transparency of the healthcare supply chain.

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