The Inogen company manufactures portable oxygen concentrators. Because it’s a popular brand, many people have the question “Does Medicare cover Inogen oxygen concentrators?”.
Let’s dive right in and answer that question. Then we’ll also provide some helpful background info about these Inogen One devices.
Does Medicare Cover Inogen One Oxygen Concentrators?
As is often the case with Medicare, the answer to this question is yes and no.
Medicare Part B insurance covers medically necessary services, supplies, and durable medical equipment. This includes oxygen concentrators and their tanks, refills, tubing, masks, storage devices, and more.
But oxygen concentrators will ONLY be covered by Medicare if they are considered necessary for daily home-use. If deemed medically necessary, Medicare will pay up for 80% of the cost.
But for Medicare to cover the cost of your Inogen One device, your doctor will have to record your symptoms, including the extent of your oxygen needs. Some symptoms may include changes in your heart rate, coughing or wheezing. Others include changes in behavior or mood as well as breathing rate.
Also, your doctor has to check the oxygen content in your blood through a pulse oximetry test.
Suppose your oxygen saturation level is below 88 percent and your total oxygen level is below 55 mg Hg. In that case, you will likely qualify for oxygen therapy. And so your doctor can prescribe an oxygen concentrator as medically necessary. In this case, you should expect Medicare to cover the costs.
Medicare may also help cover a portable oxygen concentrator (POC) if you are diagnosed with lung conditions such as COPD, asthma, pneumonia, and others.
About Inogen One Oxygen Concentrators
Inogen Oxygen concentrators are used by people who have difficulty breathing or cannot breathe independently. Oxygen concentrators are useful against chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis, or neuromuscular disorders.
Also, supplemental oxygen therapy is given to people who have had surgery, during cancer treatment, or while they are using a respirator.
Inogen provides some of the most modern portable oxygen concentrators available in the market today. They produce a number of oxygen concentrators. Here is an overview of some of their products.
Inogen One G3 System
The Inogen One G3 is known for being the “workhorse” product of the company. It can run for 4.7 hours on a single battery. With an optional double battery, it can run for up to 10 hours of use. Because of the five flow settings that it features, the product is an excellent choice for home use. Over 300,000 Inogen One G3 has been sold around the world.
Inogen One G4 System
The Inogen One G4 is considered one of the lightest and smallest portable oxygen concentrators on the market. It weighs in at just about 2.7 lbs. With a single battery, this POC can last up to 2.7 hours. With double batteries, it can last up to 5 hours. It features a three flow setting. Over 60,000 Inogen One G4 have been sold around the world.
Inogen At Home System
Similar to the Inogen One G3, it features a five flow setting. Over 10,000 units of this product have been sold.
Inogen One G5 System
Compared to the predecessors, this is the most superior as it features a six flow setting. With a single battery, it can last up to 6.5 hours of use, and with double batteries, it can go up to 13 hours.
Note: Medicare changes all the time. And coverage may vary depending on what plan(s) you have. Always be sure to double check with your health care provider and/or Medicare insurance provider about what is and isn’t covered by your plan.
Additional Info on Medicare Coverage
This article is part of our series on “What does Medicare cover?”
Also, please check out another article in this series: Does Medicare Cover Seat Cushions?