(01-08-2016, 10:36 AM)Inky1 Wrote: Sleeprider, my deductible is $2000, I'm not sure what my co-pay amount is.
I'm supposed to go see a sleep doctor for a consultation on the Jan. 20th and then see about getting a HST. I'm skeptical of the HST because I suspect that I only have a mild case of OSA. But then of course who knows for sure, since my wife hit me in the ribs last night since I was snoring.
You're essentially uninsured except for major medical. I'm sure you are in good hands, but I'll offer an alternative for comparison. Supplier #30 offers a home sleep study (Easy Sleep Apnea Test Package) with physician review, diagnosis and prescription for a fixed fee of $400, and they may be able to qualify it under your insurance deductible. It's worth comparing for cost. If it turns out you have sleep apnea and need to buy a machine, you own your prescription and can use it there or anywhere you choose.
Be sure any home test includes a bedside monitoring device that is attached to sensors for the chest, breath, and finger to collect sleep data like respiratory events (apneas and hypopneas), snoring intensity, blood oxygen saturation, pulse rate and respiratory effort. Don't get a test that is only pulse oximetry, since that won't qualify for insurance in most cases.
It's worth reading the American Sleep Apnea Association web page on the Medicare approval of home studies. It has good background and information, as well as discussing the objections of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine to home studies being covered by insurance.