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(05-05-2015, 05:15 PM)trailrider Wrote: Another option is to report it to police. Your house is not the only place they would go to.

True. There's also Dunkin' Doughnuts.
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(05-06-2015, 08:54 AM)justMongo Wrote:
(05-05-2015, 05:15 PM)trailrider Wrote: Another option is to report it to police. Your house is not the only place they would go to.

True. There's also Dunkin' Doughnuts.

Hold it... Wait!!! It's about to happen!!............ LOL
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(05-06-2015, 08:54 AM)justMongo Wrote:
(05-05-2015, 05:15 PM)trailrider Wrote: Another option is to report it to police. Your house is not the only place they would go to.

True. There's also Dunkin' Doughnuts.



I don't know where our local police are hanging these days, since they closed the Dunkin Donuts that was just down the street from me. I used to feel secure knowing they were so close. Laugh-a-lot

Seriously, hope no one takes offense. I do respect our local police and fire fighters, but why did they have to close Dunkin Donuts? Eat-popcorn
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#14
Did you get the company name or some paperwork from the guy who came to your house?

He may not actually be anything outright illegal.

However, you do get to choose who you want to buy your CPAP machine from. (Your DME Durable Medical Equipment provider.)

If it's midnight and a DME tells you it's dark outside, go and check for yourself.

You need to get a copy (ON PAPER!) of your own prescription from your doctor and do some investigation. Also a copy of the sleep study. You want the "detailed" report, not just the summary.

It's possible she has something more than simple apnea and needs a more complicated machine such as an ASV machine, which is much more expensive.

It might also be $400 the first month when there are some up front costs.

However, get your details.


VERY IMPORTANT: Be sure you get a good data capable machine. It's VITAL to her therapy. DME's will try to screw you with the cheapest machine they can get. Insurance tends to pay a fixed rate for CPAP equipment, so they will give you the cheapest junk they have.

Do NOT just let the doctor go to his favorite DME and take whatever crap they provide. Depending on your insurance, you may have multiple in-network DME's that you can use. You can play DME's off against each other.

There's a lot of info in the Useful Links in my signature line at the bottom of this post.
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Click here for information on the main alternative to CPAP.
If it's midnight and a DME tells you it's dark outside, go and check it yourself.
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#15
The thing I find disturbing is that someone who had your SA test results relayed this to a scammer.

A sleep center that does PSGs can make $10-20K a day in profit on $3700 sleep studies; they don't need a $50 kickback spiff for a xPAP sale. So methinks there might be a rat here, probably an underpaid sleep tech or secretary trying to make an extra buck.

These are medical records, and HIPPA regs are pretty tight. Were it me, I would report this to both the sleep doc and the sleep center management. And then I would follow up a couple weeks later and tell them that my lawyer would like to know what they have done about it.

You were only TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF if you bit.

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note - when I went looking for medical supplies, I magically started getting ads when I got on facebook. it is pretty clear that people use the info I volunteered while online - to their own advantage.

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(05-12-2015, 06:00 AM)quiescence at last Wrote: note - when I went looking for medical supplies, I magically started getting ads when I got on facebook. it is pretty clear that people use the info I volunteered while online - to their own advantage.

QAL

Nothing magical about it. When you visit sites or do searches your interests and use is recorded and "cookies" on your browser cause directed ads to be displayed. The ads for apnea and CPAP are a direct result of your browsing history, online purchases and searches. If it bothers you, clean out the browser and delete history and cookies.
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#18
Also helps if you have a good Ad Blocking software/extension. I have had good results with AdBlocker Plus.

Another option is to go with private browsing where your history and such are not stored by the system. Most major browsers have e private/icognito browser function that you can select. White Hat also puts out a good stealth browser - Aviator - which I have used several times which defaults to private or stealth mode. I have yet to see an ad when I was using it. BTW, it is avail for Win and Mac and most likely also Linux.

If you are really paranoid about ads, use someone else's machine and let them keep getting the ads. Laugh-a-lot

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Most browsers have a setting option to clear all cookies automatically when you close the browser window. Of course, if you use that, you'll have to re-log in to places like Apnea Board every time you want to use your forum account. But it's one option.



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#20
The cost depends on what is being sold. CPAP, BiPAP, or ASVPAP. In a couple of months, I'm hoping to get a new BiPAP Auto with heated humidifier, heated hose, and mask. The total might be around $2250, about $450 out of pocket. My HMO has me dealing with a specific DME. An advantage was I never went through any compliance stuff. Just took the machine home and used it.
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