There are different brands and styles of nebulizers. However, nebulizers are made of plastic and resemble a small cup like device. Because the nebulizer cup has tubing attached to it (which attaches to a compressor), the nebulizer is sometimes referred to as a “nebulizer circuit”.
Sometimes people refer to the nebulizer compressor as the nebulizer. This is not a totally accurate reference. However, because of this frequent use of the term, it is important when in conversation, to distinguish which item is being discussed. (The compressor or the circuit.) The nebulizer compressor is actually a small air pump to which the nebulizer circuit tubing is attached so that the pressure produced from the pump travels through the tubing to the nebulizer cup and the medication in the cup is transformed into a fine mist.
The patient inhales the medication into the lungs for the maximum therapeutic effect.
Early detection and treatment of COPD is crucial for optimizing lifestyle and even prolonging survival.
At AeroCare we recognize that early detection and treatment of COPD is crucial for optimizing our patients’ lifestyle and even prolonging survival. COPD is now the 4th leading cause of death in the US. COPD is a debilitating disease in which the airways become narrowed. When this occurs, it interferes with normal breathing and often makes everyday tasks difficult.
Bronchodilation is still the first line therapy for the treatment of symptoms associated with COPD. These drugs help open the airways and keep them open. Medicare Part B and most insurances pay for these medications to be used in a nebulizer, as well as other types of nebulized medications. AeroCare’s pharmacy can have these medications delivered directly to your home.
We know what a tremendous expense inhalers can be and can offer a solution for most patients. With a pharmacy that provides nebulizer medications like Albuterol Sulfate, Ipratropium Bromide, Budesonide, Arformoterol, and Formoterol that are covered under Medicare Part B, there is potential for a huge savings to many patients.
Our trained staff strives to improve compliance by monthly phone calls to our patients to re-order medications and address any possible concerns or questions that may arise. By having this ongoing contact, we can also expedite the communication process with any changes in the patients’ condition, with their physician.
Will Medicare pay for my medications?
Generally, Medicare does not pay for medications. However, under certain circumstances there are Medicare patients with particular diagnoses that can get certain medications paid for through the Medicare program.
In the case of respiratory patients who have COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease such as Chronic Bronchitis, Asthmatic Bronchitis, or Emphysema), the Medicare program pays for the patient to have a nebulizer compressor and nebulizer circuits. Obviously, this type of equipment would not be effective in the treatment of COPD without the medication to be used in them. In cases where a patient with COPD qualifies for a home nebulizer, Medicare also provides coverage for the medications needed to go in the nebulizer for the respiratory treatment. Medicare covers the purchase of acqueous based solutions to be used in nebulizers. This allows for coverage of the most common drugs used in nebulizer treatments. Albuterol and Ipratropium Bromide. Cromolyn Sodium is also covered for COPD patients. Under certain circumstances a few other drugs are covered based on diagnosis and qualifying criterion.
AeroCare Pharmacy, Inc. accepts Medicare assignment on nebulizer medications for patients with a confirmed diagnosis of COPD.
AeroCare’s next day service (often, same day service) provides quality Nephron Pharmaceutical products for Medicare patients with COPD who need respiratory treatments.
Medicare also covers use of home oxygen for respiratory patients who qualify under the Medicare rules.