Home medical equipment is used for patients when their care is managed from a home or other private facility by a nonprofessional caregiver or family member.

It is also referred to as “durable” medical equipment (DME) since it is intended to withstand repeated use by non-professionals or the patient in the home.

The following acronyms are used to describe home medical equipment in the medical and insurance industries:

  • DME: Durable Medical Equipment
  • HME: Home Medical Equipment
  • DMEPOS: Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies

Home medical equipment is typically covered by a patient’s healthcare insurance, including Medicare (Part B). A patient must have a doctor’s prescription for most home medical equipment to be reimbursed by insurance.

The State of Florida requires a license for HME sales under the AHCA (Agency for Health Care Administration). In Florida, it is unlawful to own, operate, or maintain a home medical equipment business without a current valid license. Florida Orthopaedic Institute has HME licenses for the following locations:

  • Brandon
  • Citrus Park
  • South Tampa
  • Sun City
  • North Tampa
  • Wesley Chapel
Home Medical Equipment (HME)

As a licensed HME supplier, we perform the following when providing home medical equipment, including:

  • Proper fitting and dispensing of equipment such as canes, crutches, walkers for improved patient mobility.
  • Proper fitting and dispensing of bone stimulators to promote healing of bone in patients with fractures.
  • Training patients, family, and caregivers on the proper usage and maintenance of the equipment.
  • Informing the patient and caregiver of their rights and responsibilities.
  • Complying with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to protect a patient’s confidentiality and records.
  • Inspection by the State of Florida, as an initial onsite accreditation and then every two years.

At Florida Orthopaedic Institute, our goal is to provide you with the right durable medical equipment to help speed your recovery.


BRANDON: 1314824

CITRUS PARK: 1314827

NORTH TAMPA: 1314826

SOUTH TAMPA: 1314825

SUN CITY: 1314823