08-04-2016, 07:07 PM
(This post was last modified: 08-04-2016, 07:08 PM by PoolQ.)
I can give you some numbers from my own experience:
1. report from the lab up to 3 weeks, can be done in a week if it is pushed by the Doctor
2. turnaround by the Doctor less than a week, couple of days for me
3. DME processing another week, pushed them and got 2 days
4. insurance approval standard is 10 days, DME can expedite for a 2 day turn. I got same day (heart issues)
5. getting the actual machine up to a week, I got it same day.
Nothing is fixed. Your AHI is low even though your total count looks high. BTW use the AHI number because that is what they are all used to, if you start talking about the total count you will just confuse them.
The problem is that the therapy itself can cause some centrals, the sleep/wake junk can cause some more-these are not real centrals which are caused by the brain stem.
You should be able to nicely "push" and get things done faster, but the numbers by themselves are not going to catch anyone on fire to get things done for you. Call them up and ask what the status is and if they have everything they need. I found that asking them for help worked well for me. "I am doing everything I can, using the machine every night, I just really need to get better sleep as it's effecting my job and I get worried about driving while being so tired all the time....".
I followed up on everything with everyone.
How is it the BiPAP is at your expense? If you fail CPAP, it is rejected by insurance and returned (rental?). Same thing for BPAP. The insurance company wants to pay for the least expensive technology. That's why they spent a fortune repeatedly testing your and having to pay your doctor. (excuse the sarcasm).