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[Equipment] Machines Offered by DME - anyone have experience with these?
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Sleepster Offline
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Machine: ResMed AirCurve10 VAuto
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: F&P Simplus
Humidifier: HumidAir and SlimLine Hose
CPAP Pressure: MaxI 13.6 | MinE 5.2 | PS 4.4
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead

Other Comments: Diagnosed Nov 2011. Conquered aerophagia.

Sex: Male
Location: Houston, Texas

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RE: Machines Offered by DME - anyone have experience with these?
(12-31-2013 02:47 AM)LETMESLEEP Wrote:  Today finally i got my PR 561. DME tried to give the bottom shelf cpac as insurance covers only for that.Decided to pay half out of the pocket but this machine is really good and it will work better then "brick''.

My DME told me a similar thing and charged me extra for the better machine. I found out later that the insurance company reimbursed them the difference and they credited it to my account. Without even telling me!

It was like a year later when I called them to find out why they hadn't been billing me that they finally told me about it. When I told them they had overcharged me they denied it and said that instead I had overpaid.

Yes, this really is a true story. And we hear lots of other stuff about the mistreatment of patients by DME's. I didn't believe most of it and chalked it up to the natural tendency for people to complain about the price of things. But I slowly came to realize that the whole DME industry is screwed up, partly because the entire medical industry is screwed up and partly because of the way durable medical equipment is regulated by the government.

My hope is that the online DME industry becomes large enough to successfully lobby for true legislative reform. The web has blown things wide open and allowed us to truly shop for the best deals. And forums like this one are educating patients to take advantage of the situation.

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12-31-2013 12:55 PM
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Machine: Resmed S9 AutoSet for Her
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Fisher & Paykel Simplus
Humidifier: H5i Heated Humidifier
CPAP Pressure: 10 - 7-20 Cm H2O
CPAP Software: Not using software

Other Comments: I started CPAP in 2008. Totally blind since birth.

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Location: Missouri, USA

Post: #22
RE: Machines Offered by DME - anyone have experience with these?
Hi LETMESLEEP, WELCOME! to the forum.!
Best of luck to you with the new machine and your CPAP therapy.

trish6hundred
01-01-2014 12:08 AM
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