Providers Still Have Questions on NCB
During the 36-month rental cap for oxygen equipment, if a beneficiary travels or temporarily relocates from a non-CBA to a CBA, who is responsible for providing the oxygen equipment, contents, and related supplies and accessories?
During the 36-month rental period for oxygen, when a beneficiary temporarily travels or relocates to a competitive bidding area, the home supplier may continue to furnish the oxygen equipment as well as any contents, supplies and accessories directly, or the supplier may assist the beneficiary in locating a contract supplier in the beneficiary's new service area.
If a beneficiary travels or temporarily relocates out of our noncompetitive bidding service area before the 36-month rental cap is reached, and we assist them in finding a new supplier in their new location, what is our obligation to that beneficiary if/when they return to our service area?
Since you are a non-contract supplier in a noncompetitive bidding area, you are under no obligation to provide oxygen services to the beneficiary upon their return to your service area. The supplier in the travel location is responsible for working with the beneficiary to locate a supplier in their home location. If the supplier in the travel location receives the 36th rental payment, they will be responsible for providing all necessary oxygen equipment, contents, supplies, and accessories directly or under arrangements with another supplier throughout the reasonable useful lifetime of the equipment.
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