- Oxygen and Oxygen Equipment Local Coverage Determination (LCD) and Policy Article [PDF]
- National Coverage Determination (NCD) for Home Use of Oxygen
|CMS 484 - Oxygen [PDF]||Oxygen Certificate of Medical Necessity (CMN)|
|Documentation Checklist [PDF]||Suppliers may use this checklist to ensure all required documentation is gathered|
|Physician Letter - Continued Medical Need [PDF]||This letter reminds physicians that ongoing need for and use of a DMEPOS item must be documented in patient's record|
|Physician Letter - Home Oxygen Initial Qualification Testing [PDF]||This letter reviews blood oxygen testing requirements|
|Physician Letter - Oxygen and Oxygen Equipment [PDF]||This letter may be sent to physicians to assist in obtaining appropriate documentation for oxygen and oxygen equipment|
Oxygen Q Modifiers CR 9848
|Codes||Modifiers||Liters Per Minute (LPM)||Fee Schedule|
| Stationary ||QE||Less than one and is ONLY for stationary||.5 of fee schedule amount|
| Stationary ||QG|| Greater than four and patient is ONLY receiving stationary |
Question 6 answered
|1.5 times fee schedule|
| Stationary || QF |
Both codes are required to have modifier
| Greater than four and beneficiary is receiving both stationary and portable |
Question 6 answered
| Stationary |
|Medical Review||View notifications and findings of pre and post claim reviews completed by Noridian Medical Review Staff|
Numerical Rounding Rules
Instructions for reporting test results and determining coverage when the values are not whole numbers are provided. This most often occurs for oxygen saturation results (either arterial blood gas or pulse oximetry) and sleep tests where the apnea/hypopnea index (AHI) or respiratory disturbance index (RDI) results are expressed with a decimal place.
In both of these instances, standard numerical rounding rules apply. For example, consider a sleep test where the AHI is reported as below:
If the value is 12.01 to 12.49, round down to 12.
If the value is 12.50 to 12.99, round up to 13.
The only exceptions to this rule are where Medicare policy makes clear that the specified level is absolute and rounding is not to be used. One such situation is in the completion of Question 5 on the Oxygen Certificate of Medical Necessity ("Enter the highest oxygen flow rate ordered for this patient in liters per minute. If less than 1 LPM, enter a ‘X'."). No rounding is allowed for flow rates less than 1.0.
- CMS FAQs
- CMS Internet Only Manual (IOM), Publication 100-04, Medicare Claims Processing Manual, Chapter 20, Section 30.6, Oxygen and Oxygen Equipment
- CMS Medicare Learning Network (MLN) Matters (MM)7820 - Oxygen for Cluster Headache in Clinical Trial - The HCPCS codes and modifiers used, effective October 1, 2012, to identify home use of oxygen for Cluster Headaches are provided
Last Updated Feb 15, 2018
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