(02-26-2013, 02:49 PM)loudnoise1 Wrote: my CPAP therapist knows about my deviated septum but didn't give me any info regarding the need for the full mask...and boy for the past month I can hardly breathe through my nose at all so you ca imagine how difficult it's been for me to try to get used to the mask. You are all so knowledgeable and I fear I am not being taken care of properly from the supplier of my CPAP and Oxygen company. Neither of the therapist gave me much info. I have continued to tell them my difficulties and concerns but with little back from them.
Unfortunately, many of us have had similar experiences with the Respiratory Salesologists at the brick and mortar Durable Medical Equipment establishments. Fortunately we have Apnea Board so we can all help each other out.
Quote:What I fear most is that I am not going to make the 30 days in a row/4hours a day deadline for Medicare to pay for my machine and I don't have the $$ to pay for it..dos anyone know if the time-frame can be adjusted because of my problems using the machine???
I could be wrong, but I was under the impression that Medicare's usage compliance stated that the machine had to be used for 4 hours or more for 70% of the days in any 30 day period sometime within the first 90 days. This would mean that the minimum would be a 30 day period where the machine was used for 21 days for 4 hours. Hopefully someone will correct me on this if I am wrong. If I'm right, then maybe 21 out of 30 days will be a little easier to do than 30 days in a row. Of course, your health depends on you getting to the point where you use the machine almost all of the time when you sleep - and you will be doing yourself a favor to get to the point where you won't even consider taking a nap without it unless there are extreme unforseen circumstances, but I understand that it might take a while to get everything sorted out and working well.