Medicare Coverage of Oxygen Equipment and Supplies

What It Is

Rental of oxygen equipment for home use, and purchase of oxygen and supplies for delivery of oxygen therapy at home

What's Covered

If prescribed by a physician to treat severe lung disease, other oxygen deprivation, or an arterial blood gas-level condition, Medicare Part B covers the rental of home-use oxygen equipment and the purchase of oxygen and supplies for oxygen therapy at home.

Note: Medicare Part B provides coverage for oxygen therapy at home only if alternative treatment methods have been tried and failed.

If you have a Medicare Part C Medicare Advantage plan: Medicare Part C Medicare Advantage plans, also called Medicare Advantage plans, must cover everything that's included in original Medicare Part A and Part B coverage. But sometimes a Part C plan covers more, with extra services or an expanded amount of coverage. (Co-payments for Part C plans may also be different than those for Part A or Part B.) To find out whether your plan provides extra coverage or requires different co-payments for oxygen equipment and supplies, contact the plan directly.

What Medicare Pays

Medicare Part B pays 80 percent of the Medicare-approved amount for rental of equipment and purchase of oxygen and supplies.

Important: Regardless of the rules regarding any particular type of care, in order for Medicare Part A, Medicare Part B, or a Medicare Part C plan to provide coverage, the care must meet two basic requirements:

  • The care must be "medically necessary." This means that it must be ordered or prescribed by a licensed physician or other authorized medical provider, and that Medicare (or a Medicare Part C plan) agrees that the care is necessary and proper. For help getting your care covered, see FAQ: How Can I Increase the Odds That Medicare Will Cover My Medical Service?

  • The care must be performed or delivered by a healthcare provider who participates in Medicare.

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4 Comments So Far. Add Your Wisdom.

about 2 years ago

Hi , I read the article on oxygen in the home. My doctor ordered it from lincare. The problem is is that Medicare is renting it not buying it. It is terrible. Lincare told me my cost is $50.00 a month. They won't give me any other information. I don't know what to do. I am 62 and 100% disabled. I am home bound and in poor health. I can't keep paying that much each month. It is already paid for if they were paying it off. The oxygen machine cost $2000.00 I picked it out from my COPD Book. I ordered it . I thought I would pay my 20% and be done. But they are using medicare and me. Charging too much. Medicare pays about $600.00 a month to rent. That is crazy! Anyone know how I can get help????? Mz-Worry. That's me.

almost 3 years ago

Does MCR PART B pay for oxygen supplies while in a Nursing Home

over 3 years ago

Medicare is so general that the consumer is skeptical when a provider who tells them it's not covered. Good example Oxygen when a beneficiary calls sociall security they are told that it is covered under Medicare Part B - they negelect to tell the beneficiary oxygen is only a covered service provided in their "home".

about 4 years ago

Why doesn't Medicare pay for oxygen in a nursing home when they did pay for it in the private home and in hospice?


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