(12-09-2014, 08:17 PM)PaulaO2 Wrote: Unless the doc wrote in the script "Dispense as written", yes, she can give you whatever mask you want to try. Usually the prescription is for a mask.
Don't wait until next week. Call the doc now. Say you would like to try a different mask but the DME won't let you. Say you would like to be compliant but cannot because of the mask. That the supplier is the one not being compliant. Have them write you a new script for a CPAP mask, no specifics.
Think of the CPAP and mask as a medication. They work together. We users need to stop seeing our stuff as devices like crutches and slings. They are much more than that.
I can do that with the net suppliers. Get any mask I want on a just "mask" or even it says FFM etc.
But on Medicare the types of masks have different codes. From FFM to Nasal. To get my DME to change to nasal the doc had to write a script for Nasal because they could not bill for it without that mask code being scripted.
Now I do know there are different mask codes. If the DME is just covering all the bases I dont know. But now for a year I can get either nasal FFM or TFM or pillows because of what I was started with and now changed too.
But as I said my DME may just be covering their bases just in case something changes down the road with Medicare as it sometimes does.