A portable oxygen concentrator is a portable device used to provide oxygen therapy to patients at substantially higher oxygen concentrations than the levels of ambient air. It is very similar to a home oxygen concentrator, but is smaller in size and more mobile. The portable oxygen concentrator makes it easy for patients to travel freely; they are small enough to fit in a car and many concentrators are now FAA approved.
Not sure how to get it covered through your insurance? The process is easy and we do all the work for you.
- We invite you to come to our showroom to look at all the different portable units we carry
- We test you on the unit to ensure that the unit benefits your oxygen needs
- We take care of contacting your doctor to obtain all the paperwork we need
- We set up a an appointment to set up your equipment
Please note: Every patient that has been prescribed oxygen for 24 hours will also get a home stationary concentrator (continuous oxygen) to use while at sleep or for activities in the home.
Steps to rent through your insurance:
- We meet with you directly and discuss your oxygen needs.
- We show you the unit(s) that meet your needs, let you see them, touch them and ask any questions that you may have.
- Once a unit is selected, we test you to ensure the unit meets your oxygen needs.
- Your doctor is contacted for paperwork, and your insurance carrier for authorization.
- We contact you to set up the oxygen equipment.
- We contact your current oxygen company and ask them to pick up their equipment.
Traveling with a Portable Oxygen Concentrator:
Before embarking on a trip, it is critical that you follow a few steps to ensure that your flight goes smooth and without a hitch. Here are a few steps to follow:
1. Notify the airline that you will be flying with oxygen and ask them about criteria. Most airlines require that you download a form from their website. This form has two parts:
- Top part is for your demographic information and the specific portable oxygen concentrator (POC) that you will be bringing on the plane.
- Bottom part is to be complete and signed by your doctor.
2. Most airlines also ask that you have 1 1/2 to 2 times the battery time as the length of the flight. This means that for a 2 hour flight, you will need at least 3 to 4 hours of battery time.
3. Bring the Certificate of Medical Necessity (CMN) with you. Your oxygen provider or doctor should be able to give you a copy. This certificate is important for the flight, but also to be able to get emergency oxygen equipment from any other provider, if needed, when out of town or state.
4. Ask your current oxygen provider if they have a location in the area where you will be traveling. If they do have a location, arrange to have them deliver the remaining oxygen equipment that you will need for your stay.
5. If the current provider does not have a location in the area that your are traveling, it is important to make arrangements with your company and determine how you can get a continuous home concentrator to your travel destination.
6. It is also important to locate a backup oxygen company in case of equipment malfunction.
- Locate a couple of oxygen providers in the travel destination.
- Call the oxygen providers in the area and ask them if they would service you in case of an emergency.
- Ask them what the cost will be for an emergency concentrator, tanks, regulator, and delivery. Write these costs down and call another provider to check on their prices. Your insurance company will NOT cover oxygen charges from two providers. Any oxygen equipment received from another vendor will be your responsibility.
- Write down the oxygen provider’s name, address, and phone number and bring it with you.
When you are prepared, you can relax and enjoy your trip.
Buy your own or Rent through your insurance company
If you require portable medical oxygen, a portable oxygen concentrator (POC) affords you the freedom and independence to do as you please, without the heavy burden of an oxygen tank.
Many insurance plans, including Medicare advantage plans, will cover up to 80% of the cost for your oxygen therapy equipment, including the portable oxygen concentrators.
Benefits of a Portable Oxygen Concentrator:
- Covered by insurance
- Makes oxygen on the go
- Battery operated
- Includes AC and DC adapters – allows you to plug it in anywhere in a standard plug or plug it in any vehicle
- FAA approved so it can be used on airplanes
- Lighter than most tank
- No more waiting for the oxygen tanks to be delivered
- No more having to store dozens of tanks
- No more running out of oxygen