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[Equipment] What requires a prescription in the US?
#1
For financial reasons, I may have to take an holiday from seeing my sleep doc.

Can I buy hoses, masks, mask parts, water tanks, filters -- the expendable things associated with CPAP without his Rx in the US?
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#2
I,m sure prescription is required for mask but not for masks parts

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#3
You need a prescription for a mask but not the other items if you order online. Get a copy of your old prescription if at all possible. The online suppliers do accept old prescriptions. If necessary, you can buy a mask assembly kit without a prescription. It's a mask without headgear, then order the headgear as a separate item.
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#4
Mask and machine. Not the filters, not the mask parts. You can purchase all the parts to make a mask but you need a prescription for the mask.

And any doctor can write the script, not just the sleep doc.
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#5
I had to give the DME a script that said all supplies. BUT, they had me get another script that specifically listed the climate line tubing. Here, some DME's say you need a script for a chin strap and others say you don't. I just know what I was told but with Apria, who knows?
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#6
The prescription let them charge your insurance.
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#7
As Paula said, the prescription for chin straps or heated tube is just for insurance purposes. The DME uses the Rx as documented evidence of medical necessity. If buying on-line and paying yourself, no Rx needed.
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#8
You might be able to get your script from your sleep doc, either your old one or a new one. I got one from my doc that says "mask, patient preference.
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