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The DME Access Project

   

Tracking Durable Medical Equipment (DME) from Recommendation to Delivery for CSHCN

At a 2005 Consortium meeting, consumers and professionals alike described the process of acquiring needed DME as a complicated, cumbersome, and often frustrating process for many families.

The Consortium's DME Access Project: Tracking Durable Medical Equipment (DME) from Recommendation to Delivery for CSHCN researched that process with support from The Deborah Munroe Noonan Memorial Fund.

More than a dozen families used paper and electronic diaries to record every interaction with health care providers, DME vendors, insurers and others on the path to acquiring needed equipment for their children. Some were provided with special training on the DME system beforehand.

The project's final report, parent training material and related resources are available in the Resource Center's DME section.

Findings from the project were used to draft legislation that has been filed on Beacon Hill. If passed, this legislation will establish a commission to recommend guidelines for private health insurers, the State Medicaid program and vendors to promptly process prescriptions for durable medical equipment for children.