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Can I pay a RT/ST to look at ResScan reports (Ohio)?
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Can I pay a RT/ST to look at ResScan reports (Ohio)?
(There are no appointments for sleep docs in Cleveland/Akron/Cleveland anytime soon who will see new patients, so unless you know of a name, please don't tell me to see a sleep doctor) 
Say I convince a MD to write a cpap script (with no pressures), can a RT/ST company do the titration, or would they typically insist on pressure figures? Would there be much to do with a S9 VPAP Auto? 

Can I pay a RT/ST to interpret ResScan or Sleepyhead reports? If you are able or know someone who can, could you please DM me? Basically I just want someone who knows what they're doing to tell me whether I can continue to self manage or if I need to go back for another formal study.
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RE: Can I pay a RT/ST to look at ResScan reports (Ohio)?
Titration is not too difficult to DIY. Download SleepyHead and follow direction in my signature for organizing and posting charts, then watch the answers magically appear.
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RE: Can I pay a RT/ST to look at ResScan reports (Ohio)?
Well, if you get a prescription from your PCP or other Dr., no real need for help. if you understand the reports, ask your Dr for a prescription for an APAP and order it from the supplier list. I used #30 to get my ResMed Air 10 Auto, and prescription is good for 99 months, so be sure to get a printed scrip. I live in Ohio and have been using CPAP set at 12 for 15+ years, and got worried about the age of the equipment, so I got a new scrip from PCP, and #30 took my insurance. Other suppliers may support insurance but I don't know. I' used Supplier #1 for years for masks and parts, but they do no take insurance. 

When I got my machine I used links here to enter setup mode  to set minimum and maximum pressures and to enable auto start/stop mode. Using my machine now with sleepyhead (didn't have that choice before) my average pressure is 12.6, max up to 17ish but I need to look at another months worth of data before I lower max pressure from 20 (have leak issues at times, last night woke up with one of the straps un-velcroed.)
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RE: Can I pay a RT/ST to look at ResScan reports (Ohio)?
While I'm sure somebody will take your money to look at your charts I doubt that would always represent good value for money. You can get that done here for free - but if you feel more comfortable with professional advice go ahead. We always say don't believe everything you read on the internet and sleep apnea is no different. Smile

I've expressed my views on titration studies previously - unless you have a complex case, I think it's a waste of time and money. Your best bet is to self-titrate in the familiar surroundings of your own home.

As SleepRider said above, use your machine, download the data to SleepyHead and post some daily charts here. There is a lot of detailed information here: http://www.apneaboard.com/wiki/index.php...SleepyHead Be sure to read and follow the article on how to organise your charts.
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RE: Can I pay a RT/ST to look at ResScan reports (Ohio)?
I'm in Columbus, OH. I see provider at Ohio Sleep Medicine Institute. It might take you roughly 2 - 3 hours to get to here from where you are. Search their website; see if you like what you see.
                                                                                                                          
Note: I'm an epidemiologist, not a medical provider. 
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RE: Can I pay a RT/ST to look at ResScan reports (Ohio)?
Get your doc to rewrite the script for 4-20 as the pressure. This sets it to "wide open" and you can then set it accordingly.

If you need the script for insurance purposes, then that number has to be there. So does mask and machine parts. If you are paying out of pocket, you don't need much other than a script for the xPAP, script for mask that also includes mask parts (just in case).
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