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Old hose-heads: How Often?
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me50 Offline

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Machine: resmed S9 VPAP Auto
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Post: #11
RE: Old hose-heads: How Often?
Just before I got a new sleep study to titrate me on vpap because I was getting a new machine in 2013 and before that I had not seen one since I got my first machine
(This post was last modified: 06-16-2015 10:17 PM by me50.)
06-16-2015 04:11 PM
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Machine: Resmed S9 AutoSet
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: Airfit P10 for Her
Humidifier: H5i humidifier with ClimateLine heated hose
CPAP Pressure: 8-15
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: diabetes II, Thyroidectomized, Primary Immune Deficiency, and the list goes on :P

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Location: Oregon

Post: #12
RE: Old hose-heads: How Often?
I had a consult with a sleep doc before my home study, another consult after 6 weeks on the hose, and will have a 3rd next month. I think my insurance actually requires these visits.... meanwhile my DME has been charging my insurance $190 a month for my S9 Autoset + humidifier. seriously - $150 for the PAP and $40 for humidifier every month!!! (plus additional crazy amounts for supplies...) It has been 8 months now, so it looks like they will actually do this for a full year! There is no one at the Insurance that seems to care about this at all!

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  • Place your tongue behind your front teeth on the roof of your mouth
  • let your tongue fill the space between the upper molars
  • gently suck to form a light vacuum
Practising during the day can help you to keep it at night

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06-16-2015 04:40 PM
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eseedhouse Offline

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Machine: ResMed Airsense 10 Autoset
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: SimPlus
Humidifier: ResMed
CPAP Pressure: 7-10
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: Also on supplemental O2 at 3L/min. while sleeping.

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Location: Victoria, British Columbia

Post: #13
RE: Old hose-heads: How Often?
Well the people at my DME have followed up with me several time since I started. Tomorrow they are bringing out a new oxygen generator which the Blue Cross municipal plan will pay for 100%.

The DME person who visited me last week had already checked my data to see I was doing alright before she came. She was impressed when I showed her how I can import my data into Sleepyhead using a wifi capable SD card.

I see my GP monthly as I have diabetes as well as apnea and he is always concerned with how I am doing with both.

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06-16-2015 05:13 PM
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Homerec130 Offline

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Machine: Philips/Resperonics BiPAP auto SV Advanced System One (950P)
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: ResMed Quatro FX
Humidifier: Philips Respironics System 1
CPAP Pressure: 6-16
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: But it is a dry heat.

Sex: Male
Location: Tucson, AZ

Post: #14
RE: Old hose-heads: How Often?
I see mine every 6 months, more if needed for ENT issues. Just saw him in May and will see him again in November. Anytime I see him, I bring in my report from SleepyHead.

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06-16-2015 06:43 PM
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zonk Offline

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Machine: A10 AutoSet
Mask Type: Nasal mask
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CPAP Pressure: 9/13
CPAP Software: ResScan

Other Comments: CPAP since Nov 2010

Sex: Male
Location: Australia

Post: #15
RE: Old hose-heads: How Often?
The AutoSet is my real doctor

I've got all the info at my fingertips
No need to see other ones, for now at least
06-16-2015 07:09 PM
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Machine: Resmed Aircurve 10 Vauto
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CPAP Pressure: Auto Bilevel 18/9, PS 3
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead EncoreBasic

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Location: Where they make Respironics

Post: #16
RE: Old hose-heads: How Often?
April 2008 was my last contact with a sleep specialist or clinic. My GP continues to write prescription updates as requested.

PollCat, doing the poll thing. How quaint!

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06-16-2015 07:14 PM
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Terry Offline

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Mask Make & Model: P/R Nuance & Pap Cap
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CPAP Pressure: Auto
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Post: #17
RE: Old hose-heads: How Often?
I had a used machine for a year before I saw a sleep specialist. He was very nice but unnecessary, except to get the new machine.

I've had the machine for about a year, and will never go through insurance again. My time is worth more than saving a couple of hundred dollars.

The next time I buy a machine, I'll be using the insurance card that says "Visa" on it, and buying online.
06-16-2015 08:33 PM
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dwd1249 Offline

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Machine: RESMED AirSense 10 AutoSet
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: FX Swift - P 10 - FX Nasal
Humidifier: sometimes
CPAP Pressure: 7 - 16 auto
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead

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Location: Australia

Post: #18
RE: Old hose-heads: How Often?
I had to get the ok from a sleep dr. every year to keep my license to drive a bus.
This year I retired so won't be going back unless I have a problem.
06-16-2015 08:54 PM
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me50 Offline

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Post: #19
RE: Old hose-heads: How Often?
(06-16-2015 09:41 AM)GrammaBear Wrote:  In order for Medicare and my Primary insurance to cover my cpap supplies, I am required to see my sleep doctor at least once every year. I had to call in April of this year for an appointment in September of the same year. By his own admission to me at my last appointment, he said "I am busier than I want to be." He is very good at listening to any of my concerns regarding cpap therapy and he doesn't seem to practice "assembly line medicine" so often seen in other departments of medicine. I actually look forward to my appointment with him and his nurse.

I wonder why. I don't have to but I am not on straight medicare.
06-16-2015 10:14 PM
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Machine: Resmed S9 VPAP Adapt
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Mask Make & Model: F&P Simplus
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CPAP Pressure: EPAP: 9 - 15 PS: 3 - 10
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Post: #20
RE: Old hose-heads: How Often?
I got a five year warranty and five years' worth of free consultations when I bought my VPAP Adapt, so after a year they asked me to come in and see how things were going. I was quite impressed that the RT went back through the ResScan record just about every day for the year, noted a few anomalies and gave me some genuinely helpful suggestions. She was also interested in my Sleepyhead outputs (she'd heard of it but never seen it) and my Pad-a-cheek liner. She was settling in for a good long natter but I had to get back to work. Wink

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06-17-2015 05:16 AM
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