|Dataset Full Name||Durable Medical Equipment file|
|Summary||The Durable Medical Equipment file (DME) contains information on prescribed durable medical equipment provided to Medicare beneficiaries and the reason for the prescription (ICD-9 diagnostic codes for individual receiving the devices). Beneficiaries with Part B coverage are eligible to get DME for medical reasons and home usage. DME includes equipment such as: Air-fluidized beds, Blood sugar monitors and diabetic testing strips, Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machine, Home oxygen equipment, Hospital beds, Infusion pumps, Nebulizers, Patient lifts, Suction pumps, Traction equipment, Canes, Crutches, Commode chairs, Walkers, Wheelchairs, Prosthesis and orthotics. Equipment is identified using the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS). The file also contains information regarding the provider number of the DME supplier, and the amount reimbursed by CMS to the supplier.|
|Key Terms||Medicare part B, HCPCS codes, Durable Medical Equipment, Wheelchairs, Walkers, Prosthesis, Orthotic, Equipment|
|Sponsoring Agency/Entity||Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)||Health Conditions/Disability Measures|
ICD-9/10 diagnostic codes
|Disability Measures||Special equipment use/assistive technology||Measures/Outcomes of Interest|
|Topics||Beneficiary demographic information (age, gender, race/ethnicity), Diagnosis (ICD-9 CM), Equipment provided (HCPCS codes), Ordering physician information (UPIN and NPI numbers), DME supplier information, Date of service, Reimbursement amounts, CMS Durable Medical Equipment Regional Carrier (DMERC)||Sample|
|Sample Population||Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in Part B receiving prescribed Durable Medical Equipment|
|Sample Size/Notes||NA (All Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in Part B receiving prescribed Durable Medical Equipment)|
|Unit of Observation||Individual|
|Geographic Coverage||United States|
|Geographic specificity||DMERC region covers all 50 states; Zip code||Data Collection|
|Data Collection Mode||Administrative claims data|
|Data Collection Frequency||Annual||Strengths and Limitations|
|Strengths||Large sample size and can be linked to other CMS data. Includes prescription and details about types and reasons for the DME, as well as information on reimbursement amounts and provider-level information.|
|Limitations||DME file contains limited variables and is therefore most useful when linked with other CMS data files. No data on Medicare beneficiaries with only Part A coverage or receiving DME in inpatient settings.||Data Details|
Limited Data Set (LDS):
Research Identifiable File (RIF):
|Data Access Requirements||Data Use agreement, $ Cost|
Reschovsky JD, Ghosh A, Stewart KA, Chollet DJ (2012). Durable Medical Equipment And Home Health Among The Largest Contributors to Area Variations in Use of Medicare Services. Health Affairs, 31(7), 956-964.
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