Information for Older Adults with Oxygen-Related Medical Equipment

The Medicare program (CMS) recently issued a consumer alert about a large recall by Phillips of a variety of oxygen-related medical equipment, including C-PAP machines and other ventilators. The alert tells consumers what to do if they use this equipment and explains Medicare payment policies for replacement units. Advocates may receive questions from consumers receiving recall notices and the information from Medicare will be useful to share. From Medicare: Philips recently issued a product recall for specific ventilators and sleep apnea devices. If you own or rent one of the Philips products that was recalled, talk to your doctor as soon as possible about whether to continue using your recalled equipment. Get more info here. If you would like to replace or repair your equipment, the supplier you bought the equipment from is responsible for replacing or repairing rental equipment at no cost to you when the equipment is less than 5 years old. If the equipment is more than 5 years old, Medicare will help pay for a replacement. Important: Register your recalled equipment with Philips so they know you need a replacement, and can provide information on the next steps for a permanent corrective solution. To register your equipment: Visit, or Call 1-877-907-7508 For more information, see Philips’ Medical Device Recall Notification webpage. C-PAP machines are considered Durable Medical Equipment (DME), a category that encompasses a wide range of devices from complex monitors to wheelchairs and walkers. Advocates wishing to learn more about how Medicare and Medicaid cover DME can read the NCLER Chapter Summary and watch the webinar recording.

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