I'm new to all this, and have some questions. I did a sleep study at my wife's insistence, as she said I stop breathing several times a night and snore loudly. The sleep study tech woke me in the middle of the night and put me on a CPAP, saying I easily failed the test. The rate of breathing it forced on me was WAY too fast! Hated it. In the morning he said I had Central Sleep Apnea. The doctor sent me to a local equipment provider who set me up with a ResMed Aircurve 10 ST. Here's the Rx information on my chart from the doctor... Instructions: Med name: bipap st at ipap=14 cwp, epap= 10 cwp, st=14, c-flex of 3 and heated humidoty with any comfortable mask. Last night was my first night and I could only stand having it on for 3 hours. Again the breathing rate seemed too fast and shallow. I question why I was given a ST instead of the ASV version. From my reading it seems that the ASV is made for Central while the ST is made for Obstructive. It would be much more comfortable if I controlled the breathing rate (and had assistance when needed). Is the forced breaths per minute (18) something I just need to get used to?
Also, they are charging $895 per month rent-to-own on this machine for 10 months. I have good insurance that covers 80% of the cost, but this still seems excessive. My out of pocket after the 10 months is $1790, insurance will pay $7160, (total of $9K) but the machine is available online (new) for $3-4K. Am I paying too much?
Thanks for any advice and help.
Well, the first question is would your insurance pay for purchase outright? If you have medicare it requires you to rent (I think). I would definitely purchase outright, if my insurance would let me. Mine won't authorize a purchase so, I am facing the same inflated outrageous pricing to rent for 13 months.
Welcome to the forum.
Failure to adhere to therapy is a BIG problem with xPAP treatment. For this reason it's very common for insurance companies and Medicare to require a rent-to-own scenario. As for the price; all I can say is they won't kiss you after you have paid for it.
Your other questions concerning the setup of your ASV ST will need to be answered by someone familiar with your equipment.