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[Equipment] DME GAVE ME APAP THAT HAD BEEN HEAVILY USED?
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DME GAVE ME APAP THAT HAD BEEN HEAVILY USED?
I am a new APAP user, one month in and doing well thanks to good advice from people like Sleeprider. So first of all, thank you!  You are providing invaluable help!

Responding to a 2018 poster's question, Sleeprider clarified that Medicare does not require that I receive a brand new machine from a DME provider. But when I learned where to find the hours of use I was shocked to see over 5000 hrs. on this ResMed.  If this one becomes mine (I have already met the Medicare requirement in the first month) it may not make it 5 years before they will pay for a new one! 

Would it be unreasonable for me to demand a new one?  Or at least one with only a couple of hundred on it. I would not mind one with a couple of hundred, but 5000?
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#2
RE: DME GAVE ME APAP THAT HAD BEEN HEAVILY USED?
I wouldn't accept it. Demand a new unit. If there's any co-pay and it only lasts 15,000-20,000 hours, you're hitting the end of life hours and the co-pay again sooner than a zero hour unit.

At 5,000 hours, it's a third to a quarter of the way used up now. Nuhuh. Send it back for new.
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5,000 hours is getting close to 2 year's worth of use at 8 hours of sleep per night.

Definitely ask for a new machine.  Don't give up.  Be polite and nice, but be insistent (and persistent), based upon the fact that you'll likely need this machine to last for at least 5 more years, not 3 more years.

Many DMEs will try to make money no matter what, even if it means giving patients used machines.   Also, don't let them tell you that you'll have to pay more out-of-pocket if you want a newer machine.  They've already been reimbursed by your insurance and/or Medicare for the entire cost of a new machine.
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RE: DME GAVE ME APAP THAT HAD BEEN HEAVILY USED?
I have a secondary insurer who covers the co-pay amount not paid by Medicare. But I may have to buy a new machine before Medicare will pay for a new one in 5 years since I am starting out with one that has been used this much already!  I will be out the whole cost of a new machine. I am trying to be nice at this point and will let you know how this resolves.

Thanks so much for your advice.
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RE: DME GAVE ME APAP THAT HAD BEEN HEAVILY USED?
That unit has nearly two full years of use on it. It is one thing to ask a patient to take a returned unit that has a couple-hundred hours, but entirely another to provide a used machine. While Medicare can force the provider to provide a full warranty term, it's just bad practice to dispense used machine and demand payment in full as though it was new. First thing, what is the name of the provider so we can all be sure to avoid them. Escalate your issue to the manager, and the corporate office. If you cannot get satisfaction, complain to Medicare and to your supplemental coverage provider. Write as many reviews as you can on this supplier under things like Google, Yellow Pages etc. Here is what Medicare recommends: https://www.medicare.gov/claims-appeals/...ipment-dme


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Thank you so  much. I truly appreciate all of this help.

Wow Sleeprider. What a great resource. Thank YOU!!!

I will give them some time to resolve this before I go on line and completely skewer them.
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This is why DMEs hate Apnea Board.   Bigwink
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RE: DME GAVE ME APAP THAT HAD BEEN HEAVILY USED?
I totally understand. 

When I sent my first email to the DME company saying it had two years of use already and that the ResMed company says 3-5 years for this machine, the RT there responded that I was "reading too much." I responded that as a retired health care professional I intended to be proactive in my own medical care and that she as a Respiratory Therapist, I am sure, could understand that.
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RE: DME GAVE ME APAP THAT HAD BEEN HEAVILY USED?
Whether it makes sense or not, I make analogies with cars at various times. Here's one now.

Your supposed "new" car has 30,000 miles on it now, roughly 2 years of driving. If you're supposed to accept this used vehicle as new, then somebody's crazy. No, not you, but the crazy DME that's trying to pawn this PAP off onto you.

If myself, I would take it back, and nicely say, "I found this CPAP machine you just sold me has 5k hours . I'm not comfortable with a used PAP. I would like a new zero hour one instead. Let's make an exchange." Show them the hour meter or a picture of it, but actually showing it to them also makes them aware you know how to check the next one.

Then if it doesn't proceed, tell them to keep this unit and give you a receipt of full return. Tell them you're going to XYZ DME across town or wherever they are. Then...Leave. They may stop you and do an exchange, or they won't, and they also don't get your PAP supplies business. You can maybe remind them of that area too.
Dave

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RE: DME GAVE ME APAP THAT HAD BEEN HEAVILY USED?
I hesitated to ask this question in the first place, but I am certainly glad that I did.  What a wealth of information! Thank you.
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