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#1
Have to go from CPAP to APAP. Found out from Medicare they will do a swap with my 10 month old machine. but will only pay up to 13 months. So medicare will only pay for 3 months since they have already paid for 10 and I have to pay for the rest. I have a Resmed cpap now. Should I go with another Resmed which is expensive? My supplier suggested 3B Luna 480 but read some reviews that says it is noisy. Any suggestions?

I am new to this site and it has been helpful. Also opinions is APAP
better than CPAP? I am a little upset doctor never gave me an APAP to begin with.
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#2
Are you sure Medicare will not pay for the full price of a new machine?? Is this what the DME is telling you or have you checked it out for yourself? I switched machines 3 times, from a BRICK to n S9 autoset to a ResMed VPAP and Medicare paid for the whole thing.

Also I would go with the brad you are using, ResMed..if you like it. The other one that is good is a PR< Philips Resp. Both are good. You might look at lightly used, great prices. See the venders section
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#3
How much do you have to pay? I know you said 10 months, but how much?

I would not accept that 3B Luna from DME. And yes, your doctor should have perscribed an APAP.
Your DME has already made a hugh profit by giving you a Cpap verses APAP.

Insurance companies pay the same amount regardless if you get a Cpap or APAP, so the DME isn't going to advise you. Their priority is Profit, not you.

Here is a link to help you decide.
http://www.apneaboard.com/wiki/index.php...ne_Choices

Once you find out what you have to pay the DME out of pocket, you may want to check the suppliers list above. You can probably buy online cheaper, but check with your insurance first. Don't believe anything a DME says.

http://www.apneaboard.com/forums/Thread-...plier-List
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#4
The PR System One Auto CPAPs and PR DreamStation Auto CPAPs are quite a bit cheaper than the Resmed ones are.

They are also just about as quiet as the Resmed AutoSets are.

Finally:
Quote: I am a little upset doctor never gave me an APAP to begin with.

The problem is not the doc. The problem is the DME (supplier). A script for CPAP at a specified level is enough to allow a DME to sell the patient an APAP and set the APAP up in CPAP mode. Most DMEs won't do this. But a few high quality DMEs will routinely set their new patient/customers up with APAPs even when the script reads "CPAP". Why? Well, first of all if the script changes to APAP early in the rental period, they don't have to swap the machine out. Next, if the patient runs into trouble and the doc wants to do a week or two of auto titration to check on the pressure setting, the DME doesn't have to deal with providing a loaner machine (usually for NO reimbursement) for the two week period.

Personally, I'm surprised the DME is saying that you have to foot 10 months of the bill for the new machine. It's not like you're going to keep the existing machine. My guess is that the DME's contract with your insurance company specifies what happens when the doc changes the script during the rental period. And my guess is that what's specified is that the original machine winds up back at the DME and the DME is under some obligation to provide the already paid rental fees to the new machine. That's what happened to me when I was changed from CPAP/APAP to BiPAP about 3.5 months into therapy. The first 3 months of "rent" on the original S9 AutoSet was applied the rent/purchase price of the PR System One BiPAP Auto. My copays did have to go up substantially since the new machine was twice as expensive and the negotiated amount my insurance company pays for a BiPAP is twice as much as they pay for a CPAP/APAP.

Personally, if I were you, I'd contact the insurance company and let them know the script has changes and ask them what the DME is responsible for doing under the contract between the DME and the insurance company. I'd be sure to tell them the DME is insisting that you pay 10 months of the rental fee OOP for the new machine.
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(04-13-2016, 04:07 PM)LindafromNJ Wrote: Have to go from CPAP to APAP. Found out from Medicare they will do a swap with my 10 month old machine. but will only pay up to 13 months. So medicare will only pay for 3 months since they have already paid for 10 and I have to pay for the rest. I have a Resmed cpap now. Should I go with another Resmed which is expensive? My supplier suggested 3B Luna 480 but read some reviews that says it is noisy. Any suggestions?

I am new to this site and it has been helpful. Also opinions is APAP
better than CPAP? I am a little upset doctor never gave me an APAP to begin with.

Is the Apap dr orders or do you just want one now? If it is dr orderd and you have a new prescription for your dme then if all the paper work is done correctly Medicare will rent again for 13 months and you will have the usual co-pay.
If you just want to change its going to be your pocket that will take the hit.
For free Medicare assistance for your state check out this page. http://www.seniorsresourceguide.com/dire...onal/SHIP/
or here http://www.medicareinteractive.org/
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