Aeroflow applauds vents decision

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Aeroflow Healthcare will be able to provide even more support for its patients now that North Carolina Medicaid reimburses for home non-invasive ventilators. “For years, N.C. Medicaid patients with chronic respiratory failure, hypoventilation, neuromuscular disorders, and other diagnoses were unable to receive non-invasive ventilation (NIV) therapy, because Medicaid would not cover it,” said Rob Hunter, Aeroflow sales director. “Now that NC Medicaid will cover NIV, patients have access to a much greater level of care, such as with using the Trilogy ventilator, that will significantly reduce hospital readmissions.” The “Clinical Coverage Policy 5A-2, Respiratory Equipment, and Supplies” was updated to include policy guidelines for home and non-invasive ventilators and added HCPCS E0466 to the DME fee schedule as a continuous rental. Aeroflow says this means that Medicaid and North Carolina Health Choice will cover home ventilators with a non-invasive interface for qualifying patients. The devices must be necessary for the treatment of respiratory disorders other than obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).