Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers the rental of oxygen equipment as durable medical equipment. If you own your own equipment, Medicare will help pay for oxygen contents and supplies for the delivery of oxygen when all of these conditions are met:
• Your doctor says you have a severe lung disease or you’re not getting enough oxygen
• Your health might improve with Oxygen therapy
• Your arterial blood gas level falls within a certain range
• Other alternative measures have failed
Under the above conditions, Medicare helps pay for:
• Systems for furnishing oxygen
• Containers that store oxygen
• Tubing and related supplies for the delivery of oxygen and oxygen contents
All people with Medicare are covered.
Your costs in Original Medicare
You pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount. Medicare pays for different kinds of DME in different ways: some equipment may be rented, other equipment may be purchased, and you may choose to rent or buy some equipment.
Medicare will only cover your DME if your doctor or supplier is enrolled in Medicare. If a DME supplier doesn’t accept assignment, Medicare doesn’t limit how much the supplier can charge you. You may also have to pay the entire bill (your share and Medicare’s share) at the time you get the DME.
Competitive Bidding Program
If you live in certain areas of California, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, or Texas, you may be affected by Medicare’s Competitive Bidding Program. In most cases, if you have Original Medicare and get program items in program areas, Medicare will only help pay for these items if they’re provided by contract suppliers. More areas will be added in 2013.