06-08-2012, 08:18 AM
(This post was last modified: 06-08-2012, 08:20 AM by Sleepster.)
There's a local company here in the Houston area, apparently affiliated with my DME, that advertises a home sleep study. They claim to have doctors who evaluate the results and prescribe the machine. Then this company sets you up with the machine. It's marketed to truck drivers.
I'm going to check with my DME rep and see if I can get some more information about it.
Services like this are going to cut down on these long waits, and make it more likely that people with OSA will seek and receive the treatment they need.
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All my HMO has ever offered as far as I know is a home study. It's hard enough to sleep with a bunch of wires, belts, hoses and oximeter (sounds like a car repair commercial!), but to do it in an unfamiliar bed...I don't see how anyone gets any sleep at all! Even in my own bed if I got 3 hours sleep that night, I'd be surprised! I think it is just something you struggle through and fine tune down the road. Unfortunately I was given a machine with no follow up, no anything. I had a number to call for supplies, but that was it. No-one wanted to know how I was getting on with the machine, etc. It was only recently that it has ever even come up! To me it is no surprise why patients become non-compliant. I am positive my HMO is not the only medical group to never follow up with the patient. There are probably a lot of people like me out there with a CPAP in the closet. I'm just glad I made the decision to drag it back out of the closet.....and I've still received no support from them other than to pay for a new mask!
As always, YMMV! You do not have to agree or disagree, I am not a professional so my mental meanderings are simply recollections of things from my own life.
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