(03-09-2017, 03:28 PM)UKwildcatfan Wrote: Pretty sure it is the baseline model I will get stuck with. Will this crap even help me enough to get a physical card?
Yeah I'm pretty certain it will. All they care about AFAIK is that you used it for 4 hours a night for at least 21 days out of 30 - and they check once a month for 3 months (90 days) then they usually don't care after that. And the cellular modem module, or SD card, or "phone-in" feature will be used to determine this. They either give you a modem that is installed in the side of the device that automatically uploads usage hours each day at noon; or they have you call a special number and read off a long number from the "Phone-In" screen under 'My Provider', or they have you mail in your SD card. Most use the first method to determine compliance.
I don't think they delineate on what kind of machine you have, as long as it is being used as per compliance rules.
After each night of turning off the machine it will show you a screen that indicates how many hours you used the device for that 24 hour period (12:00PM to 12:00PM) and if the bar is green that means you used it long enough that night to be in compliance for that day; if it is dark yellow it means you have not.
But again you are allowed 9 days out of a 30 day period to not be in compliance usually. It's recommended to use it every time you sleep though.
If you don't have the time to get the machine you want and you get stuck with the baseline model, then you'll likely need to wait 5 years to get another one after you've accepted it. Medicaid entitles you to a new machine every 5 years. The only ray of hope once you accept a brick that has other models that are not bricks is that someone will release a modified firmware file that has 'cracked' (illegally modified) the code in the firmware to make a baseline model have Pro and/or Auto features -- but I wouldn't count on that happening.
I tried to take a stab at cracking the firmware for DreamStation series but I can't even figure out what format the firmware file is in.
I don't know about WellCare MCO Medicaid, but there is one online DME that another Medicaid MCO in KY accepts that takes online orders -- the Edge Park site (note: it's not on the supplier list). You might try your luck with that if you get a written copy of the prescription you can scan it and upload it to EP and try to get an APAP that way. Or at least a data capable CPAP. I'm sure there's many other online DMEs that can take your MCO and ship it to you as well, but I only have experience with EP (for wound care supplies not xPAP). The DME vendor I use for my CPAP supplies and machine doesn't even have a website. So I doubt they take orders from out of the region.