(02-17-2016, 11:48 PM)wml52 Wrote: I am new to this site and my first post, so hello to all I will try to keep this as brief as possible.
How long is a CPAP Rx good for? The reason for my question is this; My CPAP machine stopped working recently so I am looking to have it replaced.
If I go through my insurance companies in-network supplier it will cost me $1,300.00 for a new CPAP machine, I have to pay the first $750.00 out of pocket and then the insurance will pay 80% of the balance.
I can get the same CPAP machine on-line for $375.00. However they need an Rx before they will ship it and here in lies the problem. My doctor wants me to go through another sleep study before he will give me a Rx. I have been using CPAP at 14 CM/H2O for the past 5 years and have had no issues at that pressure setting. I sleep through the night and feel great in the morning. I don't feel it necessary to have another sleep study done.
Can I ask for a copy of the Rx I got when I had my original sleep study done or does it have an expiration date?
Any info would be appreciated.
Thanks to all.
Your insurance company isn't going to pay for it either without a doctor's RX. If you don't want to pay for another sleep study, contact Supplier #2 in the supplier list or buy one on Craigslist. Other suppliers may accept your previous sleep study AND prescription if you have a copy of it.
BTW, if you get a new auto machine, even if you don't use auto, you can use Sleepyhead to produce a report of your apnea condition at your present setting to bring to your doctor. That would certainly tell him if your needs are being addressed. However, if you have COPD or a heart problem, you are going to be eventually stuck with another sleep study because Sleepyhead does not reveal everything when certain conditions are present.