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 Post subject: New Rules for Oxygen Equipment in 2009
PostPosted: Mon Dec 29, 2008 12:18 pm 
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The rules for oxygen equipment have changed as of January 1st, 2009. Instead of Medicare renting the equipment for a certain time and then you owning the equipment, Medicare will now rent the equipment for 36 months and the oxygen supply company would then retain ownership of the equipment for 5 years. If during the 5 years you still need the equipment the oxygen company is obligated to maintain and repair the equipment which would remain in your possession until the end of that time.


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 Post subject: Re: New Rules for Oxygen Equipment in 2009
PostPosted: Tue Dec 30, 2008 11:08 am 
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So what happens at the end of the five years? Does the company take the equipment back or does it become your property and you have to maintain it? Or is it like some other things, that after five years you need to obtain new equipment as that is the useful lifespan?


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 Post subject: Re: New Rules for Oxygen Equipment in 2009
PostPosted: Tue Dec 30, 2008 6:50 pm 
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You don't have to pay the equipment company after the 36 months do you? This is confusing to me. So you would have to call the equipment company if you have problems with your machine?


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 Post subject: Re: New Rules for Oxygen Equipment in 2009
PostPosted: Tue Dec 30, 2008 8:47 pm 
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Oh! I thought this was the policy already in place! I guess I was reading an advanced copy of Medicare's oxygen medical equipment coverage policies. Still, thanks for letting us all know. :)


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 Post subject: Re: New Rules for Oxygen Equipment in 2009
PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2008 2:09 am 
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I find this a really worrying policy. Who pays the company to maintain the equipment? Someone has to, or else they couldn't stay in business.


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