Asked by: Roi Leonel
asked in category: General Last Updated: 8th April, 2020

What qualifies you for oxygen?

Typically, to qualify for home oxygen therapy, you must have either: An arterial blood gas (PaO2) at or below 55 mm Hg or an oxygen saturation at or below 88%, taken at rest (awake)

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Also, does hypoxemia qualify for oxygen?

Many beneficiaries with non-chronic lung diseases, such as pneumonia, do seek assistance breathing with oxygen but these beneficiaries are not covered. Significant hypoxemia (oxygen deprivation, shortness of breath) may only be demonstrated to Medicare by oxygen level testing satisfying strict requirements.

Likewise, is asthma a qualifying diagnosis for oxygen? Although treatment of these diagnoses (pneumonia, asthma, croup, bronchitis) may be considered medically necessary for short-term therapy (generally less than 1 month duration), it is not considered medically necessary on an ongoing basis absent special circumstances.

Accordingly, what are Medicare requirements for oxygen?

If you have Medicare and use oxygen, you'll rent oxygen equipment from a supplier for 36 months. After 36 months, your supplier must continue to provide oxygen equipment and related supplies for an additional 24 months.

How much does oxygen cost?

On average, canned oxygen costs just under $50 a unit – a cost that would exceed $1,160 per day if you relied on it for constant use, and more than $426,000 a year. While the concentration of oxygen in canned air is high (95 percent), the cost is even higher.

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