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Old hose-heads: How Often?
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Mosquitobait Offline

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Machine: Resmed AirSense 10 For Her
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: Airfit P10
Humidifier: integrated, Climate line tube
CPAP Pressure: 9-12
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead

Other Comments: RLS and Bradycardia

Sex: Female
Location: Minneapolis

Post: #21
RE: Old hose-heads: How Often?
I'm a newbie and will have to check, but Medicare told me that I need a new prescription every year for supplies, I do not need to see a sleep doctor for supplies. My GP can write a prescription. It is a change of machine that requires a sleep doctor visit, but that is waived if ordered by either a pulmonologist or a cardiologist since I've already had one lab sleep study.

Anyway, my brother on a bipap saw a sleep doctor in 2006 and that was it. Medicare continues to pay for supplies. The new place just needed a copy of original sleep study, doctors notes where the cpap was discussed and a new prescription, and this was for a new machine, not just supplies. Depends on who us paying for your stuff as to how many hoops to jump.
(This post was last modified: 06-17-2015 10:52 AM by Mosquitobait.)
06-17-2015 10:29 AM
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OMyMyOHellYes Offline

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Joined: Mar 2013

Machine: Respironics 560 Auto
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: Resmed Mirage FX
Humidifier: Respironics System One (no heated hose)
CPAP Pressure: 08.0-15.0 cm/H2O
CPAP Software: EncoreBasic

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Sex: Male
Location: Texas

Post: #22
RE: Old hose-heads: How Often?
Have never seen a "sleep specialist". All of mine were done through my PCP and lately have consisted of "So are you still doing the CPAP therapy? Yes? And it's good? OK."

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06-17-2015 10:43 AM
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Frogman812 Offline

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Joined: May 2015

Machine: AirSense 10 AutoSet
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: ResMed Mirage Quattro
Humidifier: HumidAir Integrated
CPAP Pressure: 10-15
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead

Other Comments: Upgraded from ResMed S8 to A10 on 10/29/15

Sex: Male
Location: Utah, USA

Post: #23
RE: Old hose-heads: How Often?
We moved from one end of our state to the other, so we (wife and I) have not seen a sleep doc in over five years. I recently located a sleep doc nearby and we plan on seeing him in the next few months. Luckily, many of the hospitals and clinics in this state are part of the same corporation as is our insurance, so records/histories are easily accessible when changing docs.

I have an S8 Autoset, my wife has a S9 Autoset and of course I'm thinking about getting an S10, so I can download to software. I understand there have been many advancements in xPAP therapy since my old machine was made. Provided all is going well and PCP is managing my issues, Me thinks seeing a sleep doc every five years is about right unless, the office visit charges are the same.
06-17-2015 09:01 PM
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