This document addresses the clinical indications for use of home oxygen therapy.
Short term supplemental home oxygen therapy is medically necessary for treatment of hypoxemia-related symptoms with qualifying laboratory values (see Note below) associated with acute conditions including, but not limited to any of the following:
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbation
Long term supplemental home oxygen therapy is medically necessary for treatment of hypoxemia-related symptoms with qualifying laboratory values (see Note below) from chronic lung conditions including, but not limited to any of the following:
- Chronic lung disease (CLD)
- Cystic fibrosis
- Diffuse interstitial lung disease
- Pulmonary hypertension
- Pulmonary neoplasm (primary or metastatic)
- Recurring congestive heart failure (CHF) due to chronic cor pulmonale
Intermittent home oxygen therapy is considered medically necessary for the treatment of cluster headaches.
Supplemental home oxygen therapy is considered medically necessary during exercise when there is documentation of both of the following:
- Desaturation to an arterial oxygen saturation (SaO2) of equal to or less than 88% during exercise; and
- Improvement in hypoxemia and dyspnea or exercise capacity during exercise while using supplemental oxygen.
Supplemental home oxygen therapy is considered medically necessary during sleep in an individual with any of the following conditions:
- Unexplained pulmonary hypertension, cor pulmonale, edema secondary to right heart failure, or erythrocytosis and hematocrit is greater than 56%; or
- When obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), other nocturnal apnea, or a hypoventilation syndrome has been ruled out and there is documentation of desaturation during sleep to an SaO2 of equal to or less than 88% for greater than 30% of the night; or
- When an individual with documented OSA, other nocturnal apnea, or a hypoventilation syndrome experiences desaturation during sleep to an SaO2 of equal to or less than 88% for greater than 30% of the night which persists despite use of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) or non-invasive positive pressure ventilation (NIPPV) devices.
Note: Hypoxemia is evidenced by any of the qualifying laboratory values obtained while breathing room (ambient) air unless contraindicated:
- Arterial partial pressure of oxygen (PaO2) equal to or less than 55 mm Hg or SaO2 equal to or less than 88%; or
- Arterial PaO2 of 56-59 mm Hg or SaO2 equal to or less than 89% with any of the following conditions:
- Cor pulmonale
- Dependent edema secondary to right heart failure
- Erythrocytosis with hematocrit greater than 56%
- Pulmonary hypertension.
Infants and Children:
- PaO2 of equal to or less than 60 mm Hg; or
- SaO2 of equal to or less than 92%.
Not Medically Necessary:
Home oxygen therapy is considered not medically necessary for any of the following indications, including but not limited to:
- Severe peripheral vascular disease with clinically evident desaturation in one or more extremities in the absence of hypoxemia
- Terminal illness not affecting the respiratory system
- Treatment of angina pectoris or dyspnea in the absence of documented associated cor pulmonale or hypoxemia
- The use of preset regulators used with portable oxygen systems.
The following codes for treatments and procedures applicable to this document are included below for informational purposes. Inclusion or exclusion of a procedure, diagnosis or device code(s) does not constitute or imply member coverage or provider reimbursement policy. Please refer to the member's contract benefits in effect at the time of service to determine coverage or non-coverage of these services as it applies to an individual member.
|E0424-E0425||Stationary compressed gaseous oxygen system|
|E0430-E0431||Portable gaseous oxygen system|
|E0433||Portable liquid oxygen system, rental; home liquefier used to fill portable liquid oxygen containers, includes portable containers, regulator, flowmeter, humidifier, cannula or mask and tubing, with or without supply reservoir and contents gauge|
|E0434-E0435||Portable liquid oxygen system|
|E0439-E0440||Stationary liquid oxygen system|
|E0550||Humidifier, durable for extensive supplemental humidification during IPPB treatments or oxygen delivery|
|E0555||Humidifier, durable, glass or autoclavable plastic bottle type, for use with regulator or flowmeter|
|E0560||Humidifier, durable for supplemental humidification during IPPB treatment or oxygen delivery|
|E0580||Nebulizer, with compressor, durable, glass or autoclavable plastic, bottle type, for use with regulator or flowmeter|
|E1354||Oxygen accessory, wheeled cart for portable cylinder or portable concentrator, any type, replacement only, each|
|E1356||Oxygen accessory, battery pack/cartridge for portable concentrator, any type, replacement only, each|
|E1357||Oxygen accessory, battery charger for portable concentrator, any type, replacement only, each|
|E1358||Oxygen accessory, DC power adaptor for portable concentrator, any type, replacement only, each|
|E1390-E1391||Oxygen concentrator single/dual delivery port|
|E1392||Portable oxygen concentrator, rental|
|E1405-E1406||Oxygen and water vapor enriching system|
|K0738||Portable gaseous oxygen system, rental; home compressor used to fill portable oxygen cylinders, includes portable containers, regulator, flowmeter, humidifier, cannula or mask, and tubing|
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|E0441||Stationary oxygen contents, gaseous , 1 month's supply = 1 unit|
|E0442||Stationary oxygen contents, liquid , 1 month's supply = 1 unit|
|E0443||Portable oxygen contents, gaseous , 1 month's supply = 1 unit|
|E0444||Portable oxygen contents, liquid , 1 month's supply = 1 unit|
|S8120||Oxygen contents, gaseous, 1 unit equals 1 cubic foot|
|S8121||Oxygen contents, liquid, 1 unit equals 1 pound|
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|A4616||Tubing (oxygen), per foot|
|A4620||Variable concentration mask|
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Home oxygen therapy administered at concentrations greater than air external to a building or device (ambient or room air) is intended to treat or prevent symptoms and manifestations of hypoxemic or non-hypoxemic medical conditions that are known to clinically improve with oxygen.
Arterial oxygen saturation of hemoglobin (SaO2) can be measured by arterial blood gas (ABG) sampling or pulse oximetry. The healthcare practitioner orders the testing type and frequency. In adults and children (excluding premature infants), normal values of SaO2 are 94% to 100% (NIH, 2012).
For the diagnosis of cluster headache, oxygen inhalation (100%) delivered at a rate of 7 to 10L/min. for 15 minutes through a loose-fitting facemask is considered to be a safe and effective, first-line treatment for acute attacks. High-flow oxygen has been shown to abort the headache within several minutes.
Oxygen equipment alternatives include three types of systems to provide home oxygen:
- Compressed oxygen (tanks)
- Liquid oxygen
- Oxygen concentrators
With all of these systems, oxygen is inhaled through a mask or more commonly, a nasal cannula. Oxygen conserving devices can be used with compressed or liquid oxygen. The most popular oxygen conserving devices are demand inspiratory flow systems. These devices use a sensor to detect when inspiration begins and deliver oxygen only during inspiration, thus conserving oxygen during exhalation.
Peer Reviewed Publications:
- Bailey RE. Home oxygen therapy for treatment of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Am Fam Physician. 2004; 70(5):864-865.
- Beck E, Sieber WJ, Trejo R. Management of cluster headache. Am Fam Physician. 2005; 71(4):717-724.
- Cohen AS, Burns B, Goadsby PJ. High-flow oxygen for treatment of cluster headache: a randomized trial. JAMA. 2009; 302(22):2451-2457.
- Dodick DW, Capobianco DJ. Treatment and management of cluster headache. Curr Pain Headache Rep. 2001; 5(1):83-91.
- Fussell KM, Ayo DS, Branca P, et al. Assessing need for long-term oxygen therapy: a comparison of conventional evaluation and measures of ambulatory oximetry monitoring. Respir Care. 2003; 48(2):115-119.
- Halstead S, Roosevelt G, Deakyne S, Bajaj L. Discharged on supplemental oxygen from an emergency department in patients with bronchiolitis. Pediatrics. 2012; 129(3):e605-e610.
- Hess D. Detection and monitoring of hypoxemia and oxygen therapy. Respir Care. 2000; 45(1):65-80.
- Kacmarek RM. Delivery systems for long-term oxygen therapy. Respir Care. 2000; 45(1):84-92.
- MacLean JE, Fitzgerald DA. A rational approach to home oxygen use in infants and children. Paediatric Respir Rev. 2006; 7(3): 215-222.
- Matharu M, Silver N. Cluster headache. Clin Evid (Online). 2008; pii: 1212.
- Tarpy SP, Celli BR. Long-term oxygen therapy. NEJM. 1995; 333(11):710-714.
- Tie SW, Hall GL, Peter S, et al. Home oxygen for children with acute bronchiolitis. Arch Dis Child. 2009; 94(8):641-643.
- Uronis HE, Currow DC, McCrory DC, et al. Oxygen for relief of dyspnoea in mildly- or non-hypoxaemic patients with cancer: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Br J Cancer. 2008; 98(2):294-299.
- Wilt TJ, Niewoehner D, MacDonald R, Kane RL. Management of stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a systematic review for a clinical practice guideline. Ann Intern Med. 2007; 147(9):639-653.
- Zielinski J. Long-term oxygen therapy in conditions other than chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Respir Care. 2000; 45(2):172-176.
Government Agency, Medical Society, and other Authoritative Publications:
- Ameer F, Carson KV, Usmani ZA, Smith BJ. Ambulatory oxygen for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease who are not hypoxaemic at rest. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2014;(6):CD000238.
- American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC). Clinical Practice Guideline. Oxygen therapy in the home or alternative site health care facility. Respir Care. 2007; 52(1):1063-1068.
- American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC). Clinical Practice Guideline. Selection of an oxygen delivery device for neonatal and pediatric patients: 2002 revision and update. Respir Care. 2002; 47(6):707-716.
- American Thoracic Society/European Respiratory Society Task Force. Standards for the diagnosis and management of patients with COPD. Version 1.2. New York: American Thoracic Society; 2004 [updated 2005 September 8]. Available at: http://www.thoracic.org/clinical/copd-guidelines/resources/copddoc.pdf. Accessed on August 16, 2015.
- Badesch DB, Abman SH, Simonneau G, et al. Medical therapy for pulmonary arterial hypertension: updated American College of Chest Physicians evidence-based clinical practice guidelines. Chest. 2007; 131(6):1917-1928.
- Balfour-Lynn IM, Field DJ, Gringras P, et al. British Thoracic Society (BTS) guidelines for home oxygen in children. Thorax. 2009; 64 (2):ii1-26.
- Bradley JM, O'Neill B. Short-term ambulatory oxygen for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2005;(4):CD004356.
- Celli BR, MacNee W. ATS/ERS Task Force. Standards for the diagnosis and treatment of patients with COPD: a summary of the ATS/ERS position paper. Eur Respir J. 2004; 23(6):932-946. Erratum in: Eur Respir J. 2006; 27(1):242.
- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). National Coverage Determinations. Home use of oxygen. NCD #240.2. Effective October 27, 1993. Available at: http://www.cms.gov/medicare-coverage-database/overview-and-quick-search.aspx. Accessed on August 16, 2015.
- Cranston JM, Crockett AJ, Currow D. Oxygen therapy for dyspnoea in adults. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2008;(3):CD004769.
- Cranston JM, Crockett AJ, Moss JR, Alpers JH. Domiciliary oxygen for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2005,(4):CD001744.
- Croxton TL, Brady WC. Long term oxygen treatment in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: recommendations for future research: an NHLBI workshop report. Am J Resp Crit Care Med. 2006; 174:373-378.
- Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD). Global strategy for the diagnosis, management, and prevention of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (Updated 2014). Available at: http://www.goldcopd.org/. Accessed on August 16, 2015.
- Hardinge M, Annandale J, Bourne S, et al; British Thoracic Society Home Oxygen Guideline Development Group; British Thoracic Society Standards of Care Committee. British Thoracic Society guidelines for home oxygen use in adults. Thorax. 2015; 70 Suppl 1:i1-i43.
- Headache Classification Committee of the International Headache Society (IHS). The International Classification of Headache Disorders, 3rd edition (beta version). Cephalalgia 2013; 33:629.
- May A, Leone M, Afra J, et al. European Federation of Neurological Societies (EFNS) guidelines on the treatment of cluster headache and other trigeminal-autonomic cephalalgias. Eur J Neurol. 2006; 13(10):1066-1077.
- National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE). CG101 Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: update (full guideline). October 22, 2010. Available at: http://guidance.nice.org.uk/CG101/Guidance/pdf/English. Accessed on August 16, 2015.
- National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE). CG150 Headaches: diagnosis and management of headaches in young people and adults. September 2012. Available at: http://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/CG150. Accessed on August 16, 2015.
- National Institutes of Health (NIH). MedLinePlus. Blood gases. Available at: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003855.htm. Accessed on August 16, 2015.
- Qaseem A, Wilt TJ, Weinberger SE, et al. Diagnosis and management of stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a clinical practice guideline update from the American College of Physicians, American College of Chest Physicians, American Thoracic Society, and European Respiratory Society. Ann Intern Med. 2011; 155(3):179-191.
- Ram FSF, Wedzicha JA. Ambulatory oxygen for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2002;(1):CD000238.
- Rozen TD, Fishman RS. Inhaled oxygen and cluster headache sufferers in the United States: use, efficacy and economics: results from the United States Cluster Headache Survey. Headache. 2011; 51(2):191-200.
|Reviewed||11/05/2015||Medical Policy & Technology Assessment Committee (MPTAC) review. Updated References. Removed ICD-9 codes from Coding section.|
|Revised||11/13/2014||MPTAC review. Format changes and clarifications throughout Clinical Indications section. Updated Description, Discussion and References sections.|
|Reviewed||11/14/2013||MPTAC review. Format change to Coding section. Updated Reference section.|
|Reviewed||11/08/2012||MPTAC review. Updated Discussion and References. Removed/deleted Index. Updated Coding section with 01/01/2013 HCPCS changes; removed K0741, K0742 deleted 12/31/2012.|
|Reviewed||11/17/2011||MPTAC review. Clarified acronyms in Clinical Indications. Updated Coding and References.|
| ||07/01/2011||Updated Coding section with 07/01/2011 HCPCS changes.|
|Reviewed||11/18/2010||MPTAC review. Updated References.|
|Revised||11/19/2009||MPTAC review. Clarified and reformatted medically necessary Clinical Indication statements. Revised criteria addressing "erythrocytosis with hematocrit" from greater than 55% to greater than 56%. Removed Place of Service/Duration table. Updated References. Updated Coding section with 01/01/2010 HCPCS changes.|
|Revised||11/20/2008||MPTAC review. Addition of the following not medically necessary statements for the use of home oxygen therapy: severe peripheral vascular disease with clinically evident desaturation in one or more extremities in the absence of hypoxia; terminal illness not affecting the respiratory system; and, cor pulmonale was added to the "treatment of angina pectoris or dyspnea in the absence of documented associated cor pulmonale or hypoxia" statement. References updated. Updated Coding section with 01/01/2009 HCPCS changes.|
| ||10/01/2008||Updated Coding section with 10/01/2008 ICD-9 changes.|
|Revised||11/29/2007||MPTAC review. Clarified and reformatted medically necessary Clinical Indications. Deleted medically necessary criteria for portable systems. Coding updated. References reformatted and updated.|
|Revised||12/07/2006||MPTAC review. Inclusion of medically necessary criteria for non-continuous oxygen during exercise and sleep. Revised hypoxemia criteria for children. Coding updated; removed HCPCS K0671 deleted 12/31/2005.|
|Revised||12/01/2005||MPTAC review. Revision based on Pre-merger Anthem and Pre-merger WellPoint Harmonization.|
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