Top 20 DME categories

Durable medical equipment (DME), such as oxygen systems, canes, wheelchairs, crutches, infusion pumps and glucose monitors, are ordered by physicians for patients’ every day and extended use.

How many DME orders do physicians make each year?

Definitive Healthcare tracks laboratory, DME and medical supply orders in the our PhysicianView product. This data is a subset of medical claims that capture when providers order additional testing from pathology laboratories or DME for their patients. For this Healthcare Insight, we reviewed over 64 million claims for DME procedure codes ordered by providers in 2021 and grouped them by category.

The following are the top DME categories with the highest number of orders in 2021.

DME categories with the most provider orders in 2021

Rank DME category 2021 orders
1 Oxygen devices and accessories 21,276,657
2 Humidifier equipment 13,783,169
3 Temporary codes for durable medical equipment regional carriers 8,036,596
4 Wheelchair accessories 2,222,728
5 Walking aids and related devices 2,101,635
6 Hospital beds and related supplies 1,438,252
7 Wheelchairs and mobility devices 1,100,456
8 Other lower extremity orthotics 1,083,185
9 Foot inserts, removable 1,017,437
10 Knee orthotics 829,012
11 Ankle-foot orthotics 808,494
12 Wrist-hand orthotics 736,942
13 Additions, lower extremity orthotics 706,672
14 Infusion supplies 672,055
15 Breast pumps 603,085
16 Other orthopedic footwear 568,983
17 Other lower extremity additions 413,218
18 Pneumatic compressors and related equipment 409,183
19 Commode and related supplies 385,440
20 Shoulder orthotics 376,367

Fig. 1 Data from the Definitive Healthcare PhysicianView and ClaimsMx products for calendar year 2021. Claims data is sourced from multiple medical claims clearinghouses in the U.S. and is updated monthly. Data is accurate as of May 2022.

Which DME category had the most orders in 2021?

Oxygen devices and accessories had the most DME orders in 2021 at over 21 million. These include codes such as E1390 - oxygen concentrator and E0431 - portable gaseous 02. Humidifier equipment has the second most DME orders at nearly 14 million orders in 2021. This type of DME includes E0601 - continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices and E0562- humidifier, heated, used with positive airway pressure (PAP) device.

Additional medical supplies and equipment categories with over 1 million orders in 2021 include:

  • Wheelchair accessories
  • Walking aids and related devices
  • Hospital beds and related supplies
  • Wheelchairs and mobility devices
  • Other lower extremity orthotics
  • Removable foot inserts

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