Supplier Compliance with Medicare Requirements for Replacement of Positive Airway Pressure Device Supplies
Beneficiaries receiving continuous positive airway pressure or respiratory assist device (collectively known as positive airway pressure (PAP) devices) therapy require replacement of supplies (e.g., mask, tubing, headgear, and filters) when they wear out or are exhausted. Medicare payments for these replacement supplies in 2017 and 2018 were approximately $945.8 million. Prior OIG work found that most Medicare claims that suppliers submitted for replacement PAP device supplies did not comply with Medicare requirements. For supplies and accessories used periodically, orders must specify the type of supplies needed, the frequency of use, if applicable, and the quantity to be dispensed, and suppliers must not automatically ship refills on a predetermined basis (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Medicare Program Integrity Manual, Pub. 100-08, Ch. 5, §§ 5.2.3 and 5.2.8). We will review claims for frequently replaced PAP device supplies at selected suppliers to determine whether documentation requirements for medical necessity, frequency of replacement and other Medicare requirements are met.
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|Supplier Compliance with Medicare Requirements for Replacement of Positive Airway Pressure Device Supplies
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