Durable Medical Equipment: U.S. Market Size, Growth and Trends

  • ID: 1287901
  • Report
  • Region: Global, United States
  • 55 Pages
  • DeciBio
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Analysis of the U.S. durable medical equipment market

Durable medical equipment (DME) is defined as instruments and products used for medical purposes and that can withstand repeated usage. DME is used primarily to help improve the quality of life of patients with injuries or illnesses.

Different stakeholders segment DME in different ways, making the market more or less inclusive. For the purpose of this report, we divided the DME market in six therapeutic segments:

- Home respiratory therapy
- Home infusions
- Diabetes supplies
- Patient positioning
- Patient mobility
- Other equipment

Using this segmentation, we estimate that the U.S. DME market reached ~$27B in 2009. We expect this market to grow 6% per annum to $34B by 2013, with various segments growing in the mid- to high- single-digits. We review the factors that will be driving and moderating this growth, such as patient satisfaction, outcome and cost.

DME products are distributed primarily by national and local providers; other channels, such as 3rd party distributors or mail-in orders exist for some channels.

Regardless of segmentation, the market appears highly fragmented. We review the consequences of this fragmentation for manufacturers, providers and payors, and highlight specific segments that appear less fragmented. This report discusses each segment and provides a detailed analysis of home respiratory therapy and patient mobility. For these two segments, we review key products, specific growth drivers and moderators, value chain, as well as manufacturer and provider economics in more details. We examine how reimbursement for oxygen tanks and standard wheelchairs spreads between manufacturers and providers.

Finally, we provide an analysis of four key events that may transform the industry, and discuss their likelihood. First, we discuss the entry of large new players in new therapeutic segments. Second, we evaluate potential levers for private payors, given their increased scrutiny in this industry, and how they may control costs by negotiating with patients, physicians / hospitals and manufacturers. Third, we assess the potential impact of value chain disintermediation. Fourth, we discuss the status of patient discharge and referral laws.
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Abstract

Highlights

Introduction
- Context
- Definitions
- Market history
- Market segments
- Market growth
- Reimbursement and Medicare competitive bidding

Segment analysis: Respiratory therapy
- Market overview
- Products
- Value chain analysis
- Manufacturer economics
- Provider economics
- Value levers for private payors

Segment analysis: Patient mobility
- Market overview
- Products
- Value chain analysis
- Manufacturer economics
- Provider economics

Future market trends
- New player entry
- Increased payor scrutiny
- Value chain disintermediation
- Enforcement of referral laws

Appendix
- Patient positioning
- Diabetes supplies
- Home infusion therapy
- DME Manufacturers
- Rise of home-base healthcare support
- Table of exhibits
- Abbreviations

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