The proliferation of oxygen generating portable equipment (OGPE),
such as transfilling cylinder systems and portable oxygen concentrators
(POCs) has been advantageous for both providers and patients alike.
For patients, POCs greatly expands their ability to get around,
even flying on airplanes, without having to wrangle heavy tanks. For
providers, non-delivery and retail oxygen sales buoyed by demand for
POCs have respectively become ways to slash delivery overhead, and to
diversify their payer mix to be less dependent on Medicare in the future.
Participating in POC retail sales gives oxygen providers the opportunity
to offset Medicare reimbursement changes, improve cash flow and gain
experience with the various POCs available today.
On the non-retail side of the industry, oxygen providers serving
Medicare patients need to be aware of the industry’s growing frustration
with audits, which have oxygen claims firmly fixed in their sites. NHIC
Corp.’s recently published results of a widespread prepayment review
of claims for oxygen and oxygen equipment (HCPCS E1390, E0431 and
E0439) in Jurisdiction A says that out of 818 claims submitted by 357
suppliers, the charge denial rate was 46.7 percent. In another example
in Jurisdiction D, Noridian Administrative Services reports that the
results of a review of the claims for oxygen concentrators, code E1390,
identified 4,783 claims of which 3,501 were denied. This is a denial rate
of 74 percent.
High Conservation Ratio
- Oxygen conserver weighs approximately
10 oz. and offers a high oxygen conservation
ratio with settings between 1-7 lpm.
- Delivers an oxygen bolus in the first half
of the inspiratory cycle ensuring saturation
at more than 90 percent and with a
consistent delivery volume, the risk of
desaturation is significantly reduced.
- The single-lumen pneumatic design
provides up to a six-to-one savings ratio,
coupled with a hybrid delivery method,
uniform pulse and operation between 200
to 3,000 PSI.
Philips Respironics’ WristOx2 is a wrist-worn pulse
oximeter monitors blood-oxygen saturation (SpO2)
levels and pulse rate in patients undergoing monitoring
to screen for long-term oxygen therapy needs.
It is designed to deliver highly accurate readings and
help reduce the difficulties that can be associated
with overnight oximetry studies. The Bluetoothenabled
oximeter features an enhanced memory,
longer battery life, standard AAA battery use and
wireless data transfer. The SoftSensor helps increase
patient comfort that can lead to greater compliance.
Home oxygen system meets wide variety of needs
UltraFill is an advanced home oxygen system that combines a stationary oxygen
concentrator, filling station and standard or optional high-capacity cylinders to meet
the needs of a wide range of oxygen patients, including those who are highly active
or require continuous flow oxygen. The system’s long-lasting 3,000 PSI cylinders are
capable of providing patients with greater than 40 percent more oxygen than similar
sized 2,000 PSI cylinders.
HomeLox portable liquid oxygen system
Portable oxygen system features hands-free filling process
The HomeLox portable liquid oxygen system from Philips
Respironics enables users to generate and store liquid
oxygen at home. The system features the
GoLox portable device (lasts 10 hours on a setting of 2, weighs 3.8
lbs full) and the HomeLox liquid oxygen filling station. The automatic,
hands-free filling process is designed to reduce under filling
and overfilling for patients. For providers, the system reduces the cost
and complexity commonly associated with delivered liquid oxygen.
Oxygen Therapy Systems
Oxygen therapy systems meet around-the-clock needs
CAIRE SeQual manufactures oxygen therapy systems for the
home healthcare industry. CAIRE’s core product lines include liquid
oxygen bases, ranging in size from 10 to 60 liters, and portable units,
with sizes ranging from 4 to 8 lbs. with estimated operation from 7
to 34 hours at 2 LPM. The SeQual Eclipse POC meets the ambulatory
and around-the-clock oxygen needs of LTOT patients. Other
product lines include the Eclipse, Stroller, HELiOS, Companion and Liberator.
GF Health Products
OxyCheck Finger Pulse Oximeter
Pocket-size oximeter features easy-toread display
GF Health Products’ OxyCheck Finger Pulse Oximeter
provides simple, fast, and accurate oxygen
saturation (SpO2) and pulse rate measurements. The
lightweight, pocket-size device features include a
large, easy-to-read LED digital display, one-button
operation, an automatic power-off function to
conserve batteries and a lanyard. The wide range
of finger-size accommodation, from pediatric to
adult, makes it suitable for home, clinical and EMS
HomeFill Oxygen System
HomeFill oxygen system gives patients greater independence
The Invacare HomeFill Oxygen System defines
ambulatory oxygen by allowing patients to fill
their own high-pressure cylinders from a concentrator.
The ability to fill their own cylinders gives
ambulatory oxygen patients greater independence and
freedom. Home care oxygen providers will also benefit
from the virtual elimination of
time-consuming and costly service calls associated
with cylinder and/or liquid oxygen deliveries. The
system allows the patient to breathe at home from a
continuous flow concentrator and then use a convenient
ambulatory pack when out.
Pneumatic Oxygen Conserver
- The Pneumatic Oxygen Conserver
has a compact design and is CGA870
compatible. Weighing less than one
pound, it does not use batteries.
- A single selector knob controls the unit’s
on and off switch, and operates the liter
flow and continuous flow mode.
- Delivering a consistent volume of oxygen
with each breath (up to 40 breaths per
minute), the conserver senses a breath
and delivers an oxygen bolus in the first
third of the patient’s inspiratory cycle.
Graham-Field Health Products, Inc.
Portamate II Oxygen Conserver
- The Portamate II Oxygen Conserver is a
lightweight (14 oz.) oxygen conserver that
features an every-other-breath setting for
up to 6:1 savings.
- The Portamate II offers a continuousflow toggle switch, pulse indicator light,
low-battery indicator and built-in brass
regulator with a cylinder contents gauge.
- The unit operates on one C-size battery
for up to 45 days of use, has a built-in 0 to
3000 psi gauge and comes with a threeyear
Responsive Respiratory Inc.
Respond C5 Conserver
- The Respond C5 Conserver by Responsive
Respiratory (RRI) offers versatility through
three continuous flow settings (2, 3, 4
LPM) and a 5:1 conservation ratio. The
Respond C5 is quiet and compact and
has a lightweight design.
- Responsive Respiratory offers private
labeling of the Respond C5, allowing
providers to brand their own oxygen
conserving device for sale.
- RRI laser engraves the provider’s name
and/or logo on the Respond C5 and claims
it will ship customized products within 24
to 48 hours.