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Dougherty's can provide you the home medical equipment you need. The friendly and knowledgeable team in the Home Medical Equipment Department can accurately assess your needs and help to select the perfect product or aid for you.

We stock a wide assortment of home medical equipment for your every need. In addition to purchase, many of our products are also available for rent. Click on the below tiles to learn more about the products our HME Department carries.

BATHROOM SAFETY AIDS

BATHROOM SAFETY AIDS

We provide a full line of bathroom safety products such as non-slip bath mats, safety grab bars, bath benches, and other products to meet your needs.

BP MONITORS

BP MONITORS

We carry a variety of blood pressure monitors such as the conventional aneroid style along with fully automatic models for either the upper arm or wrist.

BRACES

BRACES

We provide a full line of orthopedic braces, ranging from neck to ankle support. We’ll help you select the appropriate brace for your needs and measure you for the correct size.

CANES

CANES

We provide an assortment of canes, from basic styles to fancy designer canes. We’ll be happy to custom size a cane for you.

COMPRESSION HOSE

COMPRESSION HOSE

We stock a full line of support wear by Jobst, Medi, and Sigvaris.

COMPRESSION SOCKS

COMPRESSION SOCKS

We stock a full line of CEP sports compression socks and sleeves as well as their orthopedic supports.

CRUTCHES

CRUTCHES

We offer both conventional underarm crutches and forearm crutches for heights ranging from 4’ up to 6’6”. You may also rent underarm crutches for short term needs.

EXERCISE BANDS

EXERCISE BANDS

We stock a full line of exercise bands for rehabilitation use or general conditioning to maintain a strong, healthy body.

FOOT CARE

FOOT CARE

We stock one of the largest selections of foot care products in the area. For your convenience, we have a podiatrist available for free consultations on Tuesday evenings. To schedule an appointment, please call the HME Department at 214-373-5302.

KNEE WALKERS

KNEE WALKERS

We carry knee walkers for individuals unable to use standard crutches. You may rent these walkers on a weekly or monthly basis.

NEBULIZERS

NEBULIZERS

We carry a full line of nebulizer compressors to meet your individual needs. We have conventional plug-in models as well as portable battery operated units for those on the go. For short term needs, you may also rent a nebulizer.

STETHOSCOPES

STETHOSCOPES

We carry a full line of stethoscopes for general and specialized use, including the Littmann cardiology model for healthcare professionals.

WALKERS

WALKERS

We offer a full line of walkers, ranging from basic folding walkers up to specialty 4 wheel walkers having a seat and brakes. We also carry an assortment of walker accessories such as bags, baskets, trays, etc. For temporary needs, you may rent a standard walker.

WHEELCHAIRS

WHEELCHAIRS

We offer standard wheelchairs for those who want to wheel themselves or light weight transport chairs for those who cannot self-propel themselves. You may rent either model for short term needs. We also carry a wide variety of wheelchair cushions to aid with both comfort and pressure relief.

WOUND CARE

WOUND CARE

We offer the largest selection of wound care dressings in the area, including hard to find specialty dressings for chronic or severe wounds. Our knowledgeable staff will help you select the appropriate product for your needs.

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  • JOHN PAGE, HME EXPERT

    "I really enjoy listening to our customers, finding out what they need, and then making sure they're comfortable with the product and understand how to use it. I just like helping people."

FROM THE BLOG

Understanding Medicare and Your DME: The Difference in Part A and B Medicare

Understanding Medicare and Your DME: The Difference in Part A and B Medicare

So you’ve just turned 65 and those years of working for a living are finally paying off. You are now entitled to Medicare benefits, thanks to the government. So you have your new red, white, and blue Medicare card and need a couple of items. But do you know how to file your claim or if the services and equipment are covered? Stress no more, because Dougherty’s is here to help make the process as painless and streamlined as possible. This is the first segment of our Understanding Medicare you’ll learn the different parts of Medicare and what they cover.

 

Medicare Part A is coverage while in any of the following facilities:

 

• Skilled Nursing

• Assisted Living
• Rehabilitation Facility
• Long-Term Hospital Care
• Hospice
• Home-Health Care Service

 

While under any of these Medicare will cover almost any type of equipment or adaptive aid, but only if deemed medically necessary as prescribed by a physician. Blood pressure monitors, shower chairs, walkers, wheelchairs, bedside commodes, and compression hosiery are just a few of the items covered under Medicare Part A. Under Part A, there is typically no out-of-pocket cost to the patient. There is little done on the patient’s part when it comes to ordering and actually getting the equipment;

that responsibility is typically left to the facility staff or health care provider.

 

Medicare Part B, however, is active only when the patient is independent and not residing in a facility of any type. If a patient transitions from long-term care to independent living at home, then the Medicare will transition from Part A to Part B. Under Part B the list of covered items is drastically shorter, leaving many items such as blood pressure monitors, compression hosiery, and shower chairs completely non-covered. There is also the possibility of more out-of-pocket costs to patients under Medicare Part B.

Durable Medical Equipment (DME) that is covered under Part B includes, but is not limited to:

 

• Canes

• Braces
• Bedside Commodes
• Crutches
• Nebulizers
• Ostomy Supplies

 

Other equipment, such as walkers and wheelchairs, may or may not be covered under Part B, depending if the provider accepts assignment or not. You can learn more about assignment in a later blog.

 

Still not sure the items you need are covered? Don’t hesitate to call your provider and ask. At Dougherty’s, we can only accept those under Medicare Part B. Patients in a long-term care facility or under home health care with Medicare Part A will need to order their equipment and items through their facility or purchase directly without filing with Medicare.

 

I hope you are beginning to understand your Medicare benefits. Check back for more blogs covering the difference in assignment and non-assignment, and how a capped rental works through Dougherty’s.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, email me at hmcmurray@doughertys.com or call Dougherty’s Pharmacy at   214-373-5302 and our staff will be happy to assist.

 

DISCLAIMER: Information obtained from www.medicare.gov This blog is not meant to provide medical advice, but to inform and educate.

TOPICS: Medical Supplies

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