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PSA - Never let your DME tell you no. Know your rights/plan
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RE: PSA - Never let your DME tell you no. Know your rights/plan
(04-28-2021, 12:31 PM)SarcasticDave94 Wrote: Surprising how much time it takes to get the PAP machine when it's touted as necessary for good health.

Ya that blew me away.

"Hey your dying! BE right with you in 4 months"
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RE: PSA - Never let your DME tell you no. Know your rights/plan
Dr. Dolittle: Mr. Patient I need to see you right away. The results from the test are in. You're going to die in 3 months so can I see you in 4 months from now?

Bit of an overkill but you see my point.
Dave

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INFORMATION ON APNEA BOARD FORUMS OR ON APNEABOARD.COM SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED MEDICAL ADVICE. ALWAYS SEEK THE ADVICE OF A PHYSICIAN BEFORE SEEKING TREATMENT FOR MEDICAL CONDITIONS, INCLUDING SLEEP APNEA. INFORMATION POSTED ON THE APNEA BOARD WEBSITE AND FORUMS ARE PERSONAL OPINION ONLY AND NOT NECESSARILY A STATEMENT OF FACT.
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overkill. good'n Dave!
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My PA took a year to convince me that I should at least take the ApneaLink home (at the time the ApneaLink was free -- the hospital auxiliary bought it with fundraising.) I turned it in and she was on the phone within a couple of hours, and I could tell she was freaked by the 79% desat.

Took 2-1/2 months to get a sleep lab study.

Another 2-1/2 months to get a prescription and find a DME in-network with my insurance that was within 100 miles. (That included a great 2 hour conversation with my insurance company customer service rep who emailed me the list and went down one-by-one telling me who was terrible!)

Two weeks to wait until the DME could get the then-brand-spanking-new-just-off-the-assembly-line Airsense10.

I note somewhat sheepishly that when you tote up who was the dawdling idiots in this story, I'm one of the idiots. I think my PA was really the only one on top of things!
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For me, it took about 4 months, from sleep study to actually picking up my machine. Totally ridiculous!
The system is definitely broken...
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INFORMATION ON APNEA BOARD FORUMS OR ON APNEABOARD.COM SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED AS MEDICAL ADVICE.  ALWAYS SEEK THE ADVICE OF A PHYSICIAN BEFORE SEEKING TREATMENT FOR MEDICAL CONDITIONS, INCLUDING SLEEP APNEA.  INFORMATION POSTED ON THE APNEA BOARD WEB SITE AND FORUMS ARE PERSONAL OPINION ONLY AND NOT NECESSARILY A STATEMENT OF FACT.
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Certainly the system is broke, but financially they're definitely not broke.
Dave

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Standard OSCAR Chart Order
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Dealing With A DME
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INFORMATION ON APNEA BOARD FORUMS OR ON APNEABOARD.COM SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED MEDICAL ADVICE. ALWAYS SEEK THE ADVICE OF A PHYSICIAN BEFORE SEEKING TREATMENT FOR MEDICAL CONDITIONS, INCLUDING SLEEP APNEA. INFORMATION POSTED ON THE APNEA BOARD WEBSITE AND FORUMS ARE PERSONAL OPINION ONLY AND NOT NECESSARILY A STATEMENT OF FACT.
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