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We Love Portable Oxygen Concentrators
Gone are the days when oxygen dependence has to keep you confined to home. With a portable oxygen concentrator you can go for a stroll in your garden, hop in the car for appointments and errands, even fly across the country to visit loved ones. Portable concentrators operate on electricity for overnight use, in the car for travel, and on battery power for maximum freedom. Don’t let oxygen tanks hold you back from adventure. We offer the top brands that include a wide range of options so there is sure to be a portable concentrator that is right for you! Contact us and our concentrator specialists can assist you in choosing the best model for your oxygen and portability needs.
Understanding Your Oxygen Order Before You Buy a POC
Oxygen is prescribed by a control of the flow rate, i.e., liter flow. The common 1-3 liters per minute continuous flow is not appropriate in all situations. This could be too much or not enough.
Precision in the use of the proper flow, or amount of oxygen, is necessary. The flow of oxygen should achieve the normal amount of oxygen in your blood, expressed as a saturation above 90%.*
What to Know Before You Buy a POC
Portable Oxygen Concentrators produce oxygen, they do not store oxygen.
Portable concentrators produce varying levels of oxygen per minute, which allows for an acceptable dose of oxygen every breath you take.
Portable concentrators that weigh 2 to 8 pounds only deliver oxygen on-demand pulse flow. Manufacturers of these devices place arbitrary numbers such as 1-3 or 1-6 to refer to the size of the pulse flow of oxygen and are not the same as liter flow. These settings are considered liter flow equivalents. Also, these devices do not all produce the same amount of oxygen at a given setting.
Why Self-Monitor Before You Buy a POC
Many people commonly check their blood pressure, blood sugar or air flow rate (peak flow) at home. We can measure temperature and weight whenever we have the need.
We can now measure our blood oxygen and pulse rate at home as well, using a simple pulse oximeter. A common word used when measuring oxygen is titration.
Titrating is the measurement of what your oxygen equipment setting is achieving in the arterial blood. It’s the blood that energizes the tissue. By taking your own measurements, you can adjust your oxygen setting for any situation and with any portable oxygen concentrator.
Who to Ask Before You Buy a POC
We understand that finding a portable oxygen concentrator that accommodates both lifestyle and oxygen needs can be a difficult process for both you and your loved one. Our respiratory team will take the time necessary to choose the right portable concentrator for your respiratory needs.
Our trial period on all portable oxygen concentrators assures your oxygen needs are met.
* This is a general statement. Your physician must prescribe your specific target saturation level.
Why Buy a Portable Oxygen Concentrator from OxiMedical Respiratory?
OxiMedical’s executive team has over 30 years of combined experience selling and servicing oxygen concentrators; our experience enables us to answer patient questions with a clear understanding of every product OxiMedical offers. Our dedicated personnel have extensive training in customer service and diverse competencies in oxygen equipment service and repairs.
Our company’s mission has always been to provide expert advice and state-of-the-art oxygen concentrators at affordable prices and backed with a maintenance service plan that meets your expectations.
Will Medicare Pay for a Portable Oxygen Concentrator?
The question of whether Medicare will cover the cost of a portable oxygen concentrator is one we receive frequently. You may have been told by your homecare provider that Medicare does not cover portable oxygen concentrators or that they simply do not carry them. You’ll rarely be given a full explanation, in part because it’s complicated. The answer is Yes and No.
The Yes and No of Medicare Coverage
No, Medicare will not purchase a portable oxygen concentrator. They provide only a monthly rental benefit for oxygen equipment.
No, Medicare will not cover a portable oxygen concentrator in addition to the oxygen tanks you most likely already receive. They don’t pay more money for more equipment.
Yes, your Medicare oxygen benefit covers the cost of portable oxygen. However, the portable oxygen benefit can be satisfied with small liquid tanks, larger gaseous tanks, or a portable oxygen concentrator. Regardless of the equipment provided, Medicare pays the same amount of money each month to the homecare provider. It is up to your homecare provider to decide what you will receive.
Yes, your homecare provider can choose to provide you with a portable oxygen concentrator under your Medicare benefit.
No, most homecare providers do not choose to provide a portable concentrator. Since they receive the same amount of reimbursement from Medicare for a portable concentrator as they would for an oxygen tank, and yet the portable concentrator is much more costly to them, most homecare providers simply cannot afford it.
Can I change homecare providers to get a portable oxygen concentrator?
Again, the answer is a bit complicated. Your Medicare oxygen benefit runs on a 5-year cycle. During the first 3 years, your homecare provider can bill Medicare the full benefit amount for your home and portable equipment. They receive about $125 per month for all oxygen equipment. During the final 2 years, they can only bill Medicare for the maintenance on the equipment, so they receive even less.
Any company that may provide a portable oxygen concentrator would need to take advantage of the full 5-year cycle in order to recoup enough cost to cover their expenses. Thus, they would need to be able to bill Medicare within the first couple months of your initial need for oxygen, or at the beginning of your next 5-year cycle. Timing is everything.
Also, keep in mind that oxygen equipment falls under Medicare’s competitive bidding which is geographic in nature. Most likely there are several homecare companies that have won the bid for your area and only those companies can bill Medicare on your behalf.
So what’s the bottom line?
Yes, Medicare covers the cost of a portable oxygen concentrator. But in reality, your odds of finding a local Medicare company that will provide you with a portable concentrator are slim to none.