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06-17-2016, 05:01 PM
Thank you all in advance for any and all support. In short I am tired all the time. My PC Doc had me do a home test. He gave the results to the insurance to do a follow up sleep study and of course they turned it down. He then had to do a face to face call with the insurance Doc and got the approval. Did the sleep study two nites ago... The tech was very addiment about giving me any clue of the results. I did not get a mask during the sleep study. She also informed me that my insurance (Cigna) was the worst on giving approval for sleep apnea... Now I am waiting seven to ten business days for results. My question have any of you had similar experiences. I am so tired I can not drive home form work for afraid of falling asleep!! I am exhausted all the time.
06-17-2016, 07:33 PM
yep pretty standard, you can push politely to move it along.
sleep cannot diagnose and will not tell you anything
sleep doc has to fill out a medical necessity form
once that is done it will get sent with prescription to a DME that provides the equipment AFTER they get approval from your insurance
Seems like every step is 7-10 days
Read up and get ready. push where you can, don't sit and wait. If they say they will get it done by the end of the day CALL THEM to make sure
sometimes following up with the insurance company will help. Let them know how badly you are sleeping and are concerned with losing your job. If you have any history of heart issues bring that up every time you talk to anyone
06-17-2016, 07:39 PM
WELCOME! to the forum.!
Don't give up, just keep calling your insurance company 'till you get results.
Hang in there for more suggestions and answers to your questions and good luck to you.
06-20-2016, 12:28 AM
Hi Gateway40, welcome to Apnea Board.
Now is the time to become informed about which machine to buy:
Don't let them pawn off on you a dumb brick of a machine.
I suggest asking the doctor to prescribe a pressure range, to ensure you get an auto-adjusting CPAP machine.
Membership in the Advisory Member group should not be understood as in any way implying medical expertise or qualification for advising Sleep Apnea patients concerning their treatment. The Advisory Member group provides advice and suggestions to Apnea Board administrators and staff on matters concerning Apnea Board operation and administrative policies - not on matters concerning treatment for Sleep Apnea. I think it is now too late to change the name of the group but I think Voting Member group would perhaps have been a more descriptive name for the group.
06-20-2016, 10:29 AM
(06-20-2016, 12:28 AM)vsheline Wrote: Now is the time to become informed about which machine to buy:
For reference, the direct link to Archangle's "Machine Choices" article is here:
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