Yes, Medicare does provide solutions for oxygen therapy, however, getting Medicare to cover the cost of portable or home oxygen concentrator and respiratory equipment can be a long and difficult process.
There are situations when a new patient will be provided an oxygen concentrator from Medicare. If the patient is currently under contract for oxygen with a provider, they must contact their current oxygen provide to see if they can provide a portable unit.
Questions and Answers to Medicare and Respiratory Oxygen Equipment
Medicare coverage for oxygen equipment is provided via a long-term (5 years) monthly rental contract through a Medicare provider. Medicare pays providers a fee for providing patients with oxygen therapy.
A Medicare provider is required to provide a patient with an home solution (stationary concentrator) if the patient only needs oxygen at night and a portable solution (POC or oxygen tanks) if the patient requires oxygen 24 hours a day.
A Medicare provider is not required to provide a patient any specific equipment. The most common solution is a stationary or home concentrator and refillable oxygen tanks.
Medicare will not reimburse for any out-of-pocket expense and Medicare will not pay for the purchase of a short-term oxygen rental.