When I met with the respiratory therapist from the DME company, she said that I had to have 30 consecutive days of 5+hours of cpap usage in order for Medicare to agree to purchase (after 13 monthly payments) the machine. I believe I read in the forum that Medicare requires 4 hours of use for a certain percentage (70%?) of 30 days.
The other question/issue is about masks. I think I read something somewhere (maybe not in this forum, or maybe so--can't remember, stupid sleep apnea!) that during the first 30 days of cpap treatment, the patient could try on multiple masks and that the DME would be able to return them and be reimbursed for ones not purchased. When I met with the respiratory therapist the second time, when I realized the mask I'd been given wasn't going to work, she said that I was allowed to try (and reject/return) two masks on each mask replacement period (which was either ever 30 or 60 days).
The confusing part is that after I tried on and failed my second mask, she went and got a third one and then sent me home with all three saying they were just going to be thrown away.
Again, can anyone clarify?