Help monitor COVID-19 patients at home with pulse oximeters

December 3, 2020

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.​