(12-04-2012 02:30 AM)CountGlottula Wrote: Hi all. First post here and maybe not my last. Need a little help on what to do about my sleep apnea.
Background: I am a 25 year old male with no complications associated with or derived from sleep apnea. Got tested a bit ago and came back with mild to moderate apnea.
Problem: I have an appointment tomorrow to do some more tests or whatever but the problem is that my health insurance company wants to charge me 1k to do this test, which apparently is a test to tell me what air pressure I need for a CPAP.
Now, 1k is a lot of money or what I deem a crap piece of knowledge that I could otherwise invest in a good piece DME and tune myself, ostensibly with built-in software on the CPAP or just using a pulse occimeter for calibration. However, if the appointment tomorrow will include the CPAP machine that I need to get on with my life, then I am OK with spending the 1k. Either way, I am canceling it until I get some answers from my insurance company.
Does anyone have any insight into these matters? Would it be better for me to get assessed by an independent facility? Can I pull it off myself? Anyone else think the same way?
First, you need treatment, but if you don't get it for a week or so it's not going to be life threatening. You've survived for some time with this condition and a few more days won't make that much difference.
As to insurance companies, they all employ claims adjusters whose job is to figure out some way to deny coverage and/or get the patient to pay for it. It's quite possible that your insurance company is blowing smoke.
And yes, you can figure out what kind of therapy you need and buy the equipment to do so yourself, and for less than $1,000. But plan on spending several months in trial and error and learning about how this equipment works. Note, however, that if you are in the US you cannot buy the equipment without a prescription, so you need a doctor willing to write one.