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Feb 27, 2009 Are Oxygen suppliers providing All REQUIRED supplies?

Posted Mar 03 2009 2:08pm

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My provider is APRIA, and I am pleased with service in the Denver area, but am hearing about other areas where patient' s ARE NOT getting what their oxygen supplier is OBLIGATED to keep supplying, one example is cannula' s or TTO catheters.

New Rules for How Medicare Pays Suppliers for Oxygen Equipment,Changes in law require Medicare to change the way it pays suppliers for oxygen equipment and supplies. You will still be able to get your oxygen equipment; however, you should know about thenew rules that startedJanuary 1, 2009

....your supplier is required to continue to maintain the oxygen equipment (in good working order) and furnish the equipment*** and any necessary supplies and accessories***, as long as you need it until the 5 year period ends.If you use oxygen tanks or cylinders that need delivery of gaseous or liquid oxygen contents, Medicare will continue to pay each month for the delivery of contents after the 36-month rental period. The supplier that delivers this equipment to you in the last month of the 36-month rental period must provide these items, as long as you medically need it, up to 5 years.���������

What if my supplier refuses to continue providing my oxygen equipment and related services as required bylaw?

If your supplier is not following Medicare laws and rules,call 1-800-633-4227. TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048. The customer service representatives will refer your case to the appropriate area. For more information about Medicare���s coverage of durable medical equipment, visit www.medicare.gov/Publications/Pubs/pdf/11045.pdf to view "Medicare Coverage of Durable Medical Equipment and Other Devices." You can also call 1-800-MEDICARE http://www.medicare.gov/Library/PDFNavigation/PDFInterim.asp?Language=English&#3

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