I completed two sleep studies and was given a prescription for a CPAP machine with a pressure of 12, flex of 3. My PCP is the one who ordered the test(s) and basically said this isn't her specialty so she copied and pasted the recommendation from the sleep center/doctor for the prescription when I asked about getting an APAP machine. She sent it to a DME and I asked them if I could get an APAP machine and they said all the new machines they sell have auto capabilities. I am a little suspicious of that based on everything I've read on here. When I asked for the exact model that would be available she said ResMed AirSense 10. When I questioned if this was the AutoSet model, she said yes it has auto capabilities but you would have to have your doctor change the prescription so they could change the settings down the road. Does that sound right? I called another DME and they told me the prescription would need to be changed to a range (I.E. 5-20) in order to get an APAP machine. I'd rather not have to hassle my PCP for a new prescription since it doesn't sound like she is very knowledgeable about it. Can I get an APAP machine with the current prescription I have or do I need get it changed?
I also asked the DME about the data monitoring capabilities and she said they would get the data and monitor it. When I asked if the data would be available to me, she said they have some software they would give me to use.
Also, the DME said I would need to do a rent to own because my insurance requires it, although they will ask if the insurance will buy it outright instead of rent to own. I have met my rather large mediacl insurance deductible for this year and would love to just get the machine included under that and not carry into the new year month by month. Any help on this?
Sorry this is so long, but thank you for any help!