Routine periodic servicing, such as testing, cleaning, regulating and checking of
the beneficiary"s equipment is not covered. Such routine maintenance is generally
expected to be done by the owner rather than by a retailer or some other person who
would charge the beneficiary. Normally, purchasers of DME are given operating manuals
which describe the type of servicing an owner may perform to properly maintain the
equipment. Thus, hiring a third party to do such work would be for the convenience
of the beneficiary and would not be covered.
However, more extensive maintenance which, based on the manufacturers" recommendations,
is to be performed by authorized technicians, is covered as repairs. This might include,
for example, breaking down sealed components and performing tests which require specialized
testing equipment not available to the beneficiary.