Pulse oximeters – the small electronic devices used to measure heart rate and oxygen saturation in a patient's red blood cells – are a useful tool to monitor COVID-19 at home.
Independence covers the device for patients under evaluation for or with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis to use at home. We have waived member cost-share* (i.e., copayment, deductible, and coinsurance) and referral requirements for this device through March 31, 2021, when supplied by one of our dedicated participating pulse oximetry providers.
If a patient satisfies the clinical coverage criteria in a facility, the discharging physician should provide a prescription to the member with the contact information for one of our dedicated durable medical equipment (DME) suppliers. The member – or medical personnel on behalf of the member – should call the DME supplier directly to arrange home delivery of the pulse oximeter.
Independence's dedicated participating DME suppliers are:
- Apria (Phone: 1-855-709-9966; Fax: 1-888-492-0010)
- Better Living Now (1-877-290-5186)
- Complete Medical Supplies (1-866-748-5151)
- Montgomery Medical (610-630-6357)
- Specialty Medical Products (610-644-1370)
For information about clinical coverage criteria and coding, please read
COVID-19 (Coronavirus): Coverage for respiratory equipment and related supplies.
*Self-funded customers can choose to opt out of the cost-share waiver.