Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) Supplies

Policy No: 127
Originally Created: 03/01/2017
Section: Administrative
Last Reviewed: 02/01/2019
Last Revised: 02/01/2018
Approved: 02/21/2019
Effective: 04/01/2019

This policy applies only to the supplies/accessories used with PAP devices.

Definitions

Positive Airway Pressure (PAP)

A mode of respiratory ventilation used primarily in the treatment of sleep apnea.

Policy Statement

Accessories used with PAP devices may be covered when criteria for the device are met. Our health plan utilizes Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Local Coverage Determinations (LCD) to determine the reasonable and necessary maximum quantities and frequencies for PAP accessory purchases. Our health plan has, at our discretion, increased the CMS maximum quantities and/or frequencies as we deemed appropriate.

When the total units of service for a Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) code has exceeded the maximum allowed within the specified time frame, our health plan will allow up to that limit and deny the remaining units. Our health plan will allow up to a 10-day grace period.

Example: Two (2) units of HCPCS A7029 are purchased on 4/1/2017. The member may receive up to four (4) additional units of HCPCS A7029 prior to 6/30/2017, for a total of six (6) units of HCPCS A7029 purchased within a 3 month/90 day period.

Billing of PAP accessories must be based on prospective, not retrospective, use. Suppliers must contact the beneficiary prior to dispensing the refill and not automatically ship on a pre-determined basis, even if authorized by the beneficiary. This will be done to ensure that the items remain reasonable and necessary, existing supplies are approaching exhaustion, and to confirm any changes or modifications to the order. Items delivered without a valid, documented refill request from the beneficiary will be denied as not reasonable and necessary.

PAP accessories
HCPCS CodeCode DescriptionMaximum UnitsFrequency
A4604Tubing with integrated heating element for use with positive airway pressure device13 months/90 days
A7027Combination oral/nasal mask, used with continuous positive airway pressure device, each13 months/90 days
A7028Oral cushion for combination oral/nasal mask, replacement only, each63 months/90 days
A7029Nasal pillows for combination oral/nasal mask, replacement only, pair63 months/90 days
A7030Full face mask used with positive airway pressure device, each13 months/90 days
A7031Face mask interface, replacement for full face mask, each33 months/90 days
A7032Cushion for use on nasal mask interface, replacement only, each63 months/90 days
A7033Pillow for use on nasal cannula type interface, replacement only, pair63 months/90 days
A7034Nasal interface (mask or cannula type) used with positive airway pressure device, with Or without head strap13 months/90 days
A7035Headgear used with positive airway pressure device16 months/180 days
A7036Chinstrap used with positive airway pressure device16 months/180 days
A7037Tubing used with positive airway pressure device13 months/90 days
A7038Filter, disposable, used with positive airway pressure device63 months/90 days
A7039Filter, non-disposable, used with positive airway pressure device16 months/180 days
A7046Water chamber for humidifier, used with positive airway pressure device, replacement, each16 months/180 days

References

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Local Coverage Determination (LCD), L33718, Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) Devices for the Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Local Coverage Determination (LCD), L33800, Respiratory Assist Devices

Cross References

None

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