I had a CPAP that was given to me from insurance co. "A". I had it for several years, it was really nice, auto start, no SD CARD in it, nothing.
Then I changed insurance companies and went with Kaiser. Kasiser didn't support my machine, wanted me to get a new study. I obtained my sleep data, titration presecriptions and other information and took it into Kasiser. They setup my new CPAP without a new study and sent me on my way. No big deal and it was easy as pie.
Now I'm with Blue Cross, and of all things, they "rent" the machine for 13 months. If for almost any reason, you fail to demonstrate compliance, they take the damn thing away from you.
About 2 weeks ago I saw my sleep dr. He was not thrilled with the progress on using the machine I had (I'd had it since April) so he prescribed me a bi-level machine. So, now I'm on a new 13 month rental, for the freakin' cpap and all the monies I put forward towards the initial machine gets flushed down the toilet and I get to start over.
I hate BLUE CROSS
and if I had almost any other option I'd take it. BTW, w/BC I can get new tubing every 6 months, new head gear every 6 months and there seems to be a raging fight about how often the pillows can be replaced.
I won't go into all the other nonsense going on...
But as it pertains to masks and prescriptions, it seems to be dependent on the state you live in as well as the individual Dr. It seems most states have limits about how long a prescription can be in effect and valid (usually 1 year). In states where there's no limits on the length of time, Dr,s seem to be reluctant to create a prescription with an extended period of time as it's not consistent with most of the existing states laws.
And then there's a mixmaster of confusion if you are covered by an insurance company and you are in / on medicare or SSDI.
This is messed up!
So much for reduced medical costs that were supposed to accompany the "Affffffffffffffordable Health Care".... and the legislation that had to be passed so we could find out what was in it!
It's nonsense like this that really makes people wonder about gun control and what causes it to be necessary! Not that I'm to that point.. just say'n