|Frequently Asked Questions|
Does Insurance Cover Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?
Medicare, Medicaid and most health insurance plans cover all the conditions listed above. The amount of treatment approved by insurance varies according to plan benefits. For those patients without insurance, fees are determined on a sliding scale.
How Do Patients Obtain a Referral?
The patient's physician initiates the referral process by calling 775-982-4268. The physician and clinical director will discuss the patient's condition and determine their suitability for hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Upon referral, patients are scheduled for an evaluation by the supervising physician, who is certified in hyperbaric oxygen therapy. The physician will then develop an individualized therapy plan prior to initiating treatment.
How Many Treatments are Necessary?
The number of treatments depends on each patient's specific injury, illness or condition. Toxic exposure patients (such as carbon monoxide) only need one to two treatments, while most wound-healing patients may require 30 to 40 treatments for maximum benefit. In most cases, we obtain all authorizations for hyperbaric therapy prior to initiating treatment.
How Do Patients Prepare for Treatments?
Certain precautions must be taken to ensure maximum safety and therapeutic benefit, and patients receive detailed instructions prior to the first scheduled treatment. The instructions include a list of items not allowed in the chamber, including jewelry, makeup, aftershave, hair spray, ointments, reading material and smoking supplies. Since the treatment involves 100% oxygen, all smoking materials are strictly prohibited during therapy, including lighters or matches. Patients also receive special cotton clothing to wear during treatments.
What to Expect During Treatment
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a non-invasive and painless treatment. Patients watch TV, listen to music, or simply rest during therapy sessions. Visible through the clear acrylic walls of the chamber, certified hyperbaric technologists are present throughout every step of the process and patients can speak to them at any time through a two-way intercom.
As the eardrum responds to changes in pressure, patients may experience a sensation of fullness in the ears during certain stages of the treatment. The feeling is similar to the sensation felt while flying in an airplane. Before treatments begin, each patient listens to an introduction and treatment overview, including several easy methods for avoiding ear discomfort.
How Long Do the Treatments Last?
The average hyperbaric oxygen session lasts approximately 90 minutes. Please allow an additional 30 minutes for preparation and departure time.