(05-27-2014, 02:37 PM)tcarmen Wrote:
(05-27-2014, 02:28 PM)justMongo Wrote: Be sure to get a prescription from your last doctor visit. Required in the US.
What's the deal with prescriptions? My doc just sent "something" over to the DME, and I got my stuff. Is he required to give me a copy if I ask? Will it p*** him off? Will he even care?
Right now I have insurance and everything is good, but I'd like a copy in case he retires or I lose my insurance or need to buy a machine somewhere else.
EVERYONE who has been diagnosed as an apniac should have a hard copy of their own PAP prescription. No Exceptions.
For example, if you travel by air, the PAP device is classified as "Medical Equipment" and cannot be counted against your carryon allowance. The airline folk may ask to see your prescription, to prove that you are entitled to this. I recently went to the hospital ER for a few tests, and unexpectedly ended up staying for 2 days. I could have needed to show the hospital people the Rx to have them provide equivalent equipment w/ appropriate settings. It doesn't really matter why you want the prescription, you or your insurance have paid for the diagnosis, etc. and you are entitled to that proof.
In my own case, I asked my GP for a copy. I got runaround. I asked again when I was in for another reason. He said "There is no paper prescription - it was transmitted electronically to Apria. Get a copy from them". This, of course, was more runaround, but I was able to get a copy from Apria (the DME), and I have it carefully stashed. I have also scanned it and have a .JPG image that I can email or fax as the case may be. I later found that this is actually the procedure from my healthcare provider.
This has already been of benefit, as follows. I inquired of Apria their policy on mask trials. I was told "You can order a new mask. You have 30 days to decide if you want to return or accept it. If you want to return it, you can do so FOR EXCHANGE, ONCE". So, if you try out a mask under Apria's scheme, you will end up with either Mask A or Mask B. Consequently, I ordered a new mask from Supplier #26
, not Apria, and I emailed the PAP Rx to them, or they could not have accepted my order. I now have 30 days to decide to keep it or return it FOR A FULL REFUND. I can do this as many times as it takes to find the right mask.
The takeaway: Get a copy of your prescription, and guard it carefully. You might need it at anytime, for a variety of purposes.