Understanding and Determining AE and DME Needs for Patients


About the Course 
Healthcare practitioners play an important role in determining equipment needs for their clients based upon their impairments and occupational performance goals. This course will provide an overview of adaptive equipment and durable medical equipment, including differentiating terminology, indications for use, and the basics of funding and reimbursement mechanisms.    

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the learner will be able to: 

  • Define adaptive equipment (AE) and durable medical equipment (DME) and the importance they have in supporting independence and safety in areas of occupational performance. 
  • Recognize current insurance coverage options for AE and DME. 
  • Recognize interprofessional roles of occupational therapy and physical therapy in recommending AE and DME recommendations. 

About the Author/Presenter 
Elizabeth D. Dwyer, OTD, OTR/L, CLA, FNAP, FAOTA is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She earned degrees from Duquesne University and Chatham University and completed the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Academic Leadership Institute earning the credential academic leader. She is a distinguished Fellow in the National Academies of Practice for Occupational Therapy and in the American Occupational Therapy Association 

How to Receive Credit 

  • Read the entire course online or in print which requires a 1-hour commitment of time. 
  • After completion of the course, complete the final examination.  A passing grade of 75% is required. Test questions link content to learning outcomes as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention. 
  • Note to Nursing professionals: Depending on your state requirements, you will be asked to either affirm that you have completed the course, or you will be required to complete the Post-test included in the course.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

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Identification, Mitigation, and Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships  
Planners, faculty, and others in control of content (either individually or as a group) have no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose. 

Sponsorship/Commercial Support and Non-Endorsement 
It is the policy of Colibri not to accept commercial support. Furthermore, commercial interests are prohibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners.

The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. 
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Accreditations and Approvals 

AOTA logo Colibri Healthcare, LLC is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course approval ID# 9759. This Distance Learning-Independent course is offered at 0.1 CEUs, Introductory, OT Service Delivery, Professional Issues. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.