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How to get a prescription - live in rural area
#11
RE: How to get a prescription - live in rural area
We will add SleepCareOnline to our Home Test provider list. Thanks. Sleep doctors are a business, and they only make money when the are testing, diagnosing and prescribing. The result of that is predictable. More expensive testing, higher costs and delays for the patient. I don't use a specialist. The SleepCareOnline seems to be well-suited to someone that has used CPAP and knows they have a need for a prescription, and wants to minimize the cost and delay in getting that. Their sleep test is an extremely simple device that can measure oximetry, heart rate and movement, but is is not a true sleep test as it does not provide any measurement of respiratory flow, effort, sleep stage or other typical test parameters. It is about as accurate and useful as a good fitness watch, and works with your smart-phone to transmit enough information for the doctor to make a decision. There are much better tests available for that full-package price, but the simple consultation and prescription service looks like a value at under $80.
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#12
RE: How to get a prescription - live in rural area
Axg sleep diagnostics offers home sleep studies that mail you the equipment to use for the night.

You are best to try and find your original prescription though in the off chance you get a sleep study done and it doesn't indicate an issue. You mention not having a doctor, if you used one back then worth checking with them.
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RE: How to get a prescription - live in rural area
The machine I would recommend is ResMed 10 or 11 (basically the same machine with a different body style. But the main thing is it is an autoset. It like saying buy a ford. There are 10 different models then there are trucks, simis, tractors…..
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RE: How to get a prescription - live in rural area
(02-12-2022, 01:20 PM)Sleeprider Wrote: We will add SleepCareOnline to our Home Test provider list. Thanks.  Sleep doctors are a business, and they only make money when the are testing, diagnosing and prescribing. The result of that is predictable. More expensive testing, higher costs and delays for the patient.  I don't use a specialist.  The SleepCareOnline seems to be well-suited to someone that has used CPAP and knows they have a need for a prescription, and wants to minimize the cost and delay in getting that.  Their sleep test is an extremely simple device that can measure oximetry, heart rate and movement, but is is not a true sleep test as it does not provide any measurement of respiratory flow, effort, sleep stage or other typical test parameters.  It is about as accurate and useful as a good fitness watch, and works with your smart-phone to transmit enough information for the doctor to make a decision.  There are much better tests available for that full-package price, but the simple consultation and prescription service looks like a value at under $80.

You’re absolutely right, easy money for them but also very convenient for us. I actually didn’t even see the doctor, just an assistant. She did get an approval from the doctor for my prescription, according to her. It was recommended to me by [DME Link Removed] TheCPAPShop. My BiPAP is arriving next week, looking forward to it!


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I spend a lot of time and money visiting the doctor. But Fell like useless. Some of the time I only had a doctor's assistant help me.
All the time and money, I really don't think I need to spend.

If you like me. Just went to some secondhand websites. Like offerup.
I got myself two new machines one CPAP one BiPAP. Both machines are less than 200 and shipping to my doorstep.
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Craigslist often has excellent prices on hardly used machines.
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There are definitely fewer bargains out there since the recall, and prices have skyrocketed in new and used equipment. I hope it gets back to the old normal sooner than later. We are seeing prices for CPAP that used to apply to advanced bilevel and ASV.
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#18
RE: How to get a prescription - live in rural area
(02-12-2022, 10:04 AM)Sleeprider Wrote: Any record of your original recommendation for CPAP would suffice for a new prescription at most online suppliers.  We have a small list of home sleep test providers here These services often include a prescription for CPAP where indicated.  My first recommendation is that you do not use a specialist, but instead call your regular doctor and let him know your CPAP has failed and request that he provide a prescription to refill that need.  Your doctor can prescribe a CPAP and equipment without conducting any tests based on your medical history.  Insurance may require a sleep study to reimburse for equipment, but the prescription will be valid for any out-of-pocket purchases from any online supplier.  You will also find used equipment on Facebook marketplace, Craigslist and similar places.

Please consider getting a Resmed Airsense 10 Autoset for a better therapy result and data.

Just ordered the Airsense 10 Elite from a supplier on the list. As far as I can tell you don't need a prescription on any of those sites as long as you're willing to pretend you have a prescription.

Thanks again for all the excellent advice
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RE: How to get a prescription - live in rural area
The Elite is an excellent fixed pressure machine and will give you data if you choose to optimize. It offers up to 3-cm of exhale pressure relief (EPR) which can bring a new level of comfort and effectiveness if you use it properly. Good job!
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RE: How to get a prescription - live in rural area
(02-13-2022, 03:27 PM)Sleeprider Wrote: The Elite is an excellent fixed pressure machine and will give you data if you choose to optimize.  It offers up to 3-cm of exhale pressure relief (EPR) which can bring a new level of comfort and effectiveness if you use it properly.  Good job!

Unfortunately I just got an email that rejected my cpap for lack of prescription. I wish they would've informed me upfront instead of telling me over a week later. 

I saw a website where they put you in touch online with a doctor and give you a prescription. It sounds a little flaky but it may be worth a try.
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