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The following medical equipment is often available and covered by Medicare as well as many insurance policies.  Ask your doctor or nurse practitioner if you qualify.
  • Bathroom assistive devices (commodes, risers, grab bars, bedpans)
  • Beds: (Hospital beds, air mattresses, side rails, trapeze bars)
  • Blood pressure instruments
  • Braces, supports, cervical collars
  • Crutches and canes
  • Diabetic equipment and supplies
  • Respiratory equipment and supplies
  • Seat lift mechanisms
  • Sleep apnea equipment
  • TENS units
  • Wheelchairs, walkers,
  • Wheelchairs and scooters that are powered
  • Wound Care Supplies
If you need durable medical equipment, your doctor or nurse practitioner must prescribe the type of equipment you need for use in
your home.
For some equipment, Medicare also requires a
Certificate of Medical Necessity (which requires a form to be completed by your doctor). Your medical equipment supplier will work with your doctor to see that all required information is submitted to Medicare. If your prescription and/or condition changes, your doctor must complete and submit a new, updated certificate.
The following durable medical equipment items require a Certificate
of Medical Necessity:

• Air-fluidized beds
• Bone growth (or osteogenesis) stimulators
• External infusion pumps
• Hospital beds
• Lymphedema pumps/pneumatic compression devices
• Oxygen
• Power Operated Vehicles (POVs) or scooters
• Seat lift mechanisms
• Transcutaneous electronic nerve stimulators (TENS)
• Wheelchairs
Local Medical Equipment Suppliers for Pinellas County, Florida

Amanda Medical Equipment, Inc. (power wheel chairs, oxygen, nebulizers, suction machines, sleep apnea equipment including portable lightweight CPAP systems, medical and hospital equipment) Phone: (727) 738-1375; Prescriptions may be faxed to (727) 738-4855

Bane Medical Services  Inc. (oxygen, unit dose meds, medical equip.) Phone: (727) 546-3441

Lincare (oxygen, medical equipment, hospital equipment) Phone (727) 431-8200

Medi Home Care  (oxygen, unit dose medications, nebulizers & nebulizer medication program, medical equipment, hospital equipment, home infusion services, home health care)Phone 1-888-325-9964

You must go to a supplier enrolled in the Medicare program for Medicare to cover the durable medical equipment. A supplier enrolled in the Medicare program will have a Medicare supplier number. Suppliers have to meet strict standards to qualify for a Medicare supplier number. If your supplier doesn’t have a supplier number, Medicare won’t pay your claim, even if your supplier is a large chain or department store that sells more
than just durable medical equipment.
To find a supplier that is enrolled in the Medicare program, look at on the web. Select
“Supplier Directory.” You can also call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) to get this information. TTY users should call

For more information about Medicare’s coverage of power wheelchairs or scooters, get a free copy of Protecting Medicare’s
Power Wheelchair and Scooter Benefit (CMS Pub. No. 11046) at on the web. Select “Publications.” Or, call
1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). TTY users should call1-877-486-2048.
Resources and References:

Medicare Coverage: (
This is an easy-to-use site that is very helpful in determining what expenses Medicare will cover.

Assistive Devices: The Alliance for Technology Access This site provides a national directory of developers and distributors of assistive technology.

Lift Equipment: Elevators, platform lifts, stairway chair lifts from Accessibility Equipment Manufacturers Assn

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