(a) Nursing services and home health aide services are covered services on a per visit basis. Thirty-six (36) visits per calendar year of nursing and/or home health aide services for any member do not require prior authorization; however, any visit surpassing the thirty-sixth (36) visit will require prior authorization and medical review.
(b) Reimbursement for durable medical equipment and supplies will be made using the amount derived from the lesser of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) fee schedule or the provider's usual and customary charge. When a procedure code is not assigned a maximum allowable fee for a unit of service, a fee will be established. Once the service has been provided, the supplier is required to include a copy of the invoice documenting the supplier's cost of the item with the claim.
(c) Reimbursement for oxygen and oxygen supplies is as follows:
(1) Payment for oxygen systems (stationary, liquid and oxygen concentrators) is based on continuous rental, i.e., a continuous monthly payment is made as long as it is medically necessary. The rental payment includes all contents and supplies, i.e., regulators, tubing, masks, etc. Portable oxygen systems are also considered continuous rental. Ownership of the equipment remains with the supplier.
(2) Separate payment will not be made for maintenance, servicing, delivery, or for the supplier to pick up the equipment when it is no longer medically necessary.
(3) Payment for oxygen and oxygen equipment and supplies will not exceed the Medicare fee for the same procedure code. The fee schedule will be reviewed annually and adjustments to the fee schedule may be made at any time based on efficiency, budget considerations, and quality of care as determined by the OHCA.
(4) Physical therapy, occupational therapy, and/or speech pathology and audiology services, are not covered when provided by a home health agency.