Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Providers
As defined by the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy in Chapter 24 of its rules, these terms have the following meaning and are subject to the authority conveyed by the DME Permit:
1. Durable medical equipment (DME) - means technologically sophisticated medical devices that may be used in a residence, including the following: (1) Oxygen and oxygen delivery system; (2) Ventilators; (3) Respiratory disease management devices; (4) Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices; (5) Electronic and computerized wheelchairs and seating systems; (6) Apnea monitors; (7) Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator (TENS) units; (8) Low air loss cutaneous pressure management devices; (9) Sequential compression devices; (10) Feeding pumps; (11) Home phototherapy devices; (12) Infusion delivery devices; (13) Distribution of medical gases to end users for human consumption; (14) Hospital beds; and (15) Nebulizers.
2. Legend device - means an instrument, apparatus, implement, machine, contrivance, implant, or other similar or related article, including any component part or accessory, which is required under federal law to bear the label "Caution: federal or state law requires dispensing by or on the order of a physician" and/or "Rx Only", or any other designation required under federal law.
3. Medical gas - means compressed oxygen and liquid oxygen intended for human consumption.
Persons or entities exempted:
The credentialing requirement imposed by the Board's rule shall not apply to the following persons or entities - unless these persons or entities have separate business entities engaged in the business of providing the covered items to patients at their home: (1) Chiropractors; (2) Dentists; (3) Occupational therapists; (4) Optometrists; (5) Physical therapists; (6) Physicians; (7) Podiatrists; (8) Respiratory therapists; (9) Speech pathologists; (10) Veterinarians; (11) Distributors; (12) Home health agencies; (13) Hospice programs; (14) Hospitals; (15) Long term care facilities; (16) Manufacturers; and (17) Pharmacies.
Application forms for new permits, renewal of permits, relocation of existing permits, as well as the report of a change in the Owner's Managing Officer (OMO) are available on the DME providers page in the Forms & Applications section of this website.