As a Medicare beneficiary you can receive a BIPAP machine if you meet all of the following requirements:
A BIPAP without backup can only be ordered if after a CPAP has been tried and found ineffective. Documentation of re-evaluation from ordering physician and within the initial trial period of the CPAP Machine.
- Evidence of a face to face evaluation by your treating physician documented in your chart.
- Your physician must request a sleep test.
- Your diagnosis must be obstructive sleep apnea.
Test results must show;
Your AHI or RDI is greater than or equal to 15 events per hour with a minimum of 30 events OR Your AHI or RDI is greater than or equal to 5 and less than 14 per hour with a minimum 10 events and documentation of:Excessive daytime sleepiness, impaired cognition, mood disorders, isomnia OR Hypertension, ishemic heart disease or history of stroke.
- The written orders must include:
- Beneficiary’s name
- Date of order
- Detailed description of items being ordered such as device with or without humidity, type of mask, headgear, filters and tubing.
- Pressure settings
- Frequency of use or duration
- Treating practitioner’s printed name and NPI
- Treating practitioner’s signature and date
Coverage beyond the first three months:
Between 31 and 91 days of therapy the patient is required to meet with their ordering physician for a re-evaluation face to face to document the improved benefits from using the therapy. Secondly the patient must maintain a minimum acceptable usage of 4 hours per night on 70% of the nights during the first 30 day trial period.
If patient does not meet the minimum requirments at this point, the device must be returned to the provider or a re-qualifing for the device must take place.