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Bleep mask covered by Kaiser Medicare Plan (Calif)?
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Bleep mask covered by Kaiser Medicare Plan (Calif)?
Having a hard time with respiratory tech at our NorCal Kaiser for a family member. Want to try Bleep even though it's significantly more expensive because of issues with leaks. It's frustrating the user and preventing her from actually being able to fall asleep with her current mask. They keep pushing her to her current mask (F&P Eson 2). 

Anyone know if the Medicare Kaiser plan (via Apria) would cover Bleep? 

Would like to give it a go if they cover it as she also has some issues with a dry mouth with the Eson 2, which probably means she might have her mouth open at times when she is sleeping.
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RE: Bleep mask covered by Kaiser Medicare Plan (Calif)?
does Apria carry Bleep? (I haven't ehard of it.) If so, contact your Kaiser DME and ask if you can order it--they will need to palce the order. OR, they may have another mask that you could try on site that they will give you. The thing is, if Apria carries it and kaiser approves, it will take a while for the whole process to complete. My DME at Kaiser ordered me a F+P Vitera, but there were none at the the Apria site, so they had to place an order with F+P. That was several weeks ago. I have no idea if and when I'll see the mask. On the other hand, Apria CAN send masks and supplies out very quickly. sort of luck of the draw. 
Go to the aprria site, it will show which masks they carry.
I'd suggest seeing if your DME has a different mask in house that they could mail or that you could pick up. At least as an interim.
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RE: Bleep mask covered by Kaiser Medicare Plan (Calif)?
I’m with Kaiser NorCal not Medicare. After playing games with them for months as to what DME equipment is covered snd what is not, I finally found the answer. An answer that so many Kaiser employees should have known but either were playing dumb, or weren’t playing.

The quick answer is Kaiser doesn’t provide any DME (all inclusive) equipment coverage if it doesn’t originate within the four walls of Kaiser itself.

Apria would sell me an ASV machine, but they don’t carry ASV machines to sell. And if they did, it would have been well above the MSRP price anyway.

If I can find the contact and source information on this, I will share it with you. But that was three years ago when I climbed out of their sandbox full of BS and misinformation.
RayBee

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RE: Bleep mask covered by Kaiser Medicare Plan (Calif)?
I'm with Nor cal Kaiser. Kaiser sold me a new Airsense 10 auto for $200.00, I think. that was a fabulous deal. I get a big discount on masks and supplies through Apria. Like 80% discount. But I can't get a discount on anything I want. Only the mask and machine that's registered with my DME. This is to keep patients from abusing the discount.

Oakland sleep lab is better than the Richmond IME: you can call them and talk to someone. There'[s no way to reach a DME on the phone at Richmond. I do send emails. I just emailed the DME at Richmond asking to try the F&P Vitera and the DME put in an order. Unfortunately it'[s not in stock at the local Apria so now I'mk waiting for F&P to fill the order. Who knows? I'm in limbo. However I think the mask will be free--or at most at an 80% discount.
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RE: Bleep mask covered by Kaiser Medicare Plan (Calif)?
I am a patient of Kaiser Norcal - Martinez Sleep Center - using their Senior Advantage (Medicare) plan. They have been very willing let me to try any mask they have in stock -- just call in advance, they put it in the lobby with your name on it, then you drive there and pick it up. I notice that [Commercial Link Removed] ApriaDirect's website has the bleep adhesive covers (32 covers, 16 nights, $40) but not the bleep device itself. It doesn't make sense (to me anyway) that they would have the covers but not the device. Maybe it's elsewhere within the Apria Kingdom just not showing online.


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