Very good advice here... I really appreciate it!
I'm thinking I'll talk to my doctor first and see if he can do anything to get me a new prescription for an autoset unit.
If not, I'm looking at the site that sells gently-used equipment that was mentioned by a couple of people. It looks like I could get a DS460 (which should be the same as my 260 only w/ data) for around $359 w/ the humidifier. That way I could at least have data collection until it's time for insurance to replace my current machine and then maybe I could upgrade to an autoset.
Thanks to everyone that provided input!
A very good primer for picking non-BRICK machines is at the following link, and wiki article.
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Your 260 humidifier is compatible with all other 60 series Respironics machines. Just FYI in case that saves a couple dollars. You can resell your 260 on Craigslist...happens all the time. There are tons of these machines under $200 on Craigslist.
you should get replacement supplies more often than you are. nasal cushions are allowed 2 per month along with filters. some are only replaceable every 3 months and some every 6 months. I would check into the va and see how much it will save you. I think your DME is the one that is messing with you on when you get your supplies but you are paying a lot of money for them (out of pocket). I would look into a new machine and as someone suggested, sale you other one or keep it as a backup.