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Straight CPAP or ASV?
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RE: Straight CPAP or ASV?
(12-01-2018, 08:30 AM)Broomstick Wrote:
(11-30-2018, 01:33 PM)SarcasticDave94 Wrote: Feel free to ask any questions about the ASV, how to get it, what the experience is like, or whatever. I'll do all I can to prep you by supplying brutally honest answers, so you're forewarned.

OK, it's time to fight to get this ASV. Hope you're ready to win, because we don't lose here on the Apnea Board.

Coffee

I'd like to know the answers to all these questions. Please tell us.

Also, what is so hard about getting this machine. Is it getting insurance to pay for it, or getting a doctor to prescribe it in the first place?

Which question(s) can I help with? If it is the rest of the post, here are my answers:

First, yes, you have to get the Doc to prescribe an ASV, which most aren't willing to do initially. Then, to win insurance approval, you play the game with the insurance by failing CPAP and BiPAP first, then you may graduate to the ASV path. Mostly, each step involves a sleep study as well. Most people quit after only getting part way towards the ASV machine goal out of extreme frustration.

PS: lest I forget, you also must pass a heart echocardiogram test called LVEF, which was mentioned in this thread somewhere. Your LVEF results must be above 45%.
Dave

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#12
RE: Straight CPAP or ASV?
(12-01-2018, 12:54 PM)Apnea Infant Wrote:
(12-01-2018, 08:30 AM)Broomstick Wrote:
(11-30-2018, 01:33 PM)SarcasticDave94 Wrote: Feel free to ask any questions about the ASV, how to get it, what the experience is like, or whatever. I'll do all I can to prep you by supplying brutally honest answers, so you're forewarned.

OK, it's time to fight to get this ASV. Hope you're ready to win, because we don't lose here on the Apnea Board.

Coffee

I'd like to know the answers to all these questions. Please tell us.

Also, what is so hard about getting this machine. Is it getting insurance to pay for it, or getting a doctor to prescribe it in the first place?

I believe it is the prohibitive cost compared to the standard CPAP machine.

ASV costs a bit more than BPAP. And since the insurance companies have the wallet, yes that is the big reason IMO.
Dave

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Standard OSCAR Chart Order
Mask Primer
Dealing With A DME
Soft Cervical Collar Wiki
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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