How to Get Your Oxygen Therapy Supplies with Medicare

If your COPD or other lung condition is severe enough, your doctor will prescribe the use of medical oxygen therapy. Medicare, which covers necessary medications and supplies to people over the age of 65, or in some cases, under the age of 65, will cover the costs if you are eligible. With COPD, you will definitely need oxygen therapy to stay healthy, just as any other kind of medicine works. There are a few other requirements you will need to meet to have your oxygen therapy supplies covered under medicare.

What are the Medicare Requirements?

When your doctor determines that you need medical oxygen therapy to function in day-to-day life, he or she will write you a prescription for all the things you will need. You will need prescriptions for all of the supplies you need, this includes the oxygen concentrator as well as all of the filters, batteries and tubing, to purchase them and have them covered by medicare.

Medicare will request your medical records, to make sure you physician has specifically documented your need for medical oxygen therapy. Your condition must be well-documented for them to approve your claim.

Your medical supply company must have the order from your doctor, before they can bill medicare, and the order has to be kept on file in case medicare requests it in the future.
Medicare covers the supplies you need to use medical oxygen therapy in your home, on an ongoing basis. The need for its use on an ongoing basis must be extensively documented in your medical records. This is based on severity of your condition, and whether or not oxygen therapy on an ongoing basis will help to improve your condition.

The severity of COPD is measured by your arterial blood gas test and oxygen saturation percentage. Your PaO2 (measured by the ABG test) must be less than or equal to 55 mg Hg, and oxygen saturation level of 88% or less while you are awake.

Other methods of improving your condition must have been attempted to improve your condition, first. Alternatively, other methods may have been considered and expressed to be ineffective by your doctor. This must be documented as such in your medical records.

Will Oxygen Therapy Help Me?

It's important to get necessary oxygen therapy. Not only will it make you feel better, but oxygen therapy use for at least 15 hours a day can increase the survival rate for those with moderate to severe COPD. It will also help prevent heart failure, which is caused by a long term deficiency of oxygen in the blood.

What Will Medicare Cover?

On Medicare Part B, they will help cover the following: Oxygen refills, oxygen concentrators, oxygen tanks and other storage systems, nasal cannulas, masks, tubing and portable oxygen concentrators.

However, Medicare will not cover portable oxygen concentrators which will only be used during sleep, or a portable oxygen concentrator that will be used as a backup to your stationary oxygen concentrator.

About Scott Ridl: Scott joined American Medical Sales and Rentals in 2008 as a Web Manager and Content Writer. He is a writer and designer. He is extensively trained on oxygen therapy products from leading manufacturers such as Inogen, Respironics, Chart, Invacare, ResMed and more. Scott works closely with respiratory therapists and oxygen specialists to educate the community about oxygen therapy products, COPD, asthma and lung diseases. He writes weekly columns and is passionate about educating the community on oxygen therapy and respiratory issues.

5 thoughts on “How to Get Your Oxygen Therapy Supplies with Medicare”

  • Raymond J. Simpson
    Raymond J. Simpson October 22, 2017 at 7:58 am

    Portable oxygen compensater would allow me to go outside

    • Danielle Jason

      Yes, it absolutely would, Raymond. Feel free to give one of our specialists a call at 877-774-9271 if you'd like more information on taking back your freedom!

  • rose albani

    my mom rose albani needs portable oxygen and i would like to know if it will be covered by medicare ? she has been using it to sleep but now dr said she needs it everytime she leaves the house and the other oxygen tanks are to heavy for her ?

    • Margaret Goodman
      Margaret Goodman March 15, 2018 at 5:34 am

      Thank you for your inquiry, Ashley. I have passed along your information to a specialist who will reach out regarding your request. For more immediate assistance feel free to give our specialists a call at 888-360-9628 or if you prefer email

  • Margaret Goodman
    Margaret Goodman March 26, 2019 at 5:32 am

    Your best bet is to have a conversation with your medicare providore about your oxygen solution to see if there is another solution that they can provide you.


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