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[Equipment] US Medicare
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Anyone know the replacement policy for CPAP machines under US Medicare?

When I got mine 4 years ago, it was a 13 month rental where my DME accepted what Medicare plus my co-insurance paid for 13 months; then it became mine.

Since I have an older S8 ResMed model where data extraction is difficult due to the strange card and unobtainable card reader, I think my S8 is going to have a circuit board failure this week...
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(09-16-2013, 06:49 AM)justMongo Wrote: Anyone know the replacement policy for CPAP machines under US Medicare?

When I got mine 4 years ago, it was a 13 month rental where my DME accepted what Medicare plus my co-insurance paid for 13 months; then it became mine.

Since I have an older S8 ResMed model where data extraction is difficult due to the strange card and unobtainable card reader, I think my S8 is going to have a circuit board failure this week...

I found this link that may answer your question for you.

Thread-Change-in-Medicare-replacement-supplies

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The schedule is to replace every 5 - 6 yrs unless needs drastically change. So you are looking at another year or so.

When my S7 was replaced, I stupidly accepted an S9 Escape. I then found this forum. I saved up and bought an S9 Autoset from Supplier #2 and now use that. If you cannot wait, you can do that route. Then, in a year, get another and use the "used" one as a backup or travel machine.
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(09-16-2013, 01:52 PM)PaulaO2 Wrote: The schedule is to replace every 5 - 6 yrs unless needs drastically change. So you are looking at another year or so.

When my S7 was replaced, I stupidly accepted an S9 Escape. I then found this forum. I saved up and bought an S9 Autoset from Supplier #2 and now use that. If you cannot wait, you can do that route. Then, in a year, get another and use the "used" one as a backup or travel machine.

I think I'm going to get my Rx from my doc; and just buy the ResMed S9 VPAP S from Supplier #2. I really want to be able to see the data. Engineer's have a standard response: "Show me the data."
Thanks
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#5
I thought it had a critical failure so you had to replace.
(well for me - no data is a critical failure)
Let us know how you get on - not that it affects me being a hemisphere away
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