think my first machine was close to a month, the second about 2 weeks.
You may discover the squeaky wheel gets the grease. If a call can get some attention 2 to 5 calls a day can get some action. The folks may or may not like me now but I got what I wanted quickly. The girl at the sleep lab was always friendly and helpful, when I asked how quickly I could get my sleep report the day after I went home from the test here response was, do you have email? I had my copy before we hung up. Then I pushed for the insurance approval and talked to Crapria while I waited. It was about 2 weeks start to finish.
Mine took a few weeks from the referral for the re-titration study (on a different insurance than previous study). But once approval came through I did the in lab study on a Friday. The next Friday I had follow up appt with my primary and he wrote my Rx for exactly what machine I wanted. The following week I started calling insurance and DME for cost info. No one would help so I took a chance and called the study center, who apparently also has a DME side to their business and they promptly ordered my machine on that Wednesday and I had it the very next Tuesday. It helped that they already had my insurance info and approvals on file. So just over two weeks from study to getting my machine. Granted I didnt have to go through the diagnosis study or it may have taken a bit longer.
It was pricey for me to go that route because of my high deductible, but being the beginning of the year I decided I was okay with it knowing that now for the rest of the year I have no more bills to pay medical wise.
Mine was a two week process from start to finish. I guess I got lucky. My insurance DME coverage is 50/50 so I went that route.
My wife says I'm am obsessed with this forum and this subject. My reply is
1- I have been sick and tired for so long so yes I am highly motivated and
2- its an ADHD thing. You say obsession - I say hyper-focus. Tamahto tomato.
But she is correct inasmuch as I spend way too much time here.
Tues go to Doc and see what he has to offer re his other patients experiences good and bad.
If favorable do the sleep study and go to DME and see what they say. Anything less than an out the door bottom line I will take as an attempt to set me up for the slaughter. There will NO CC involvement. After reading the horror stories of so many other's I am not going to trust my credit rating to the vagaries of the "medical mafia"....
If DME co-pay costs are even close to outright purchase then I will simply buy my own and take my chances and not have "compliance" to deal with. I don't need to be threatened with "compliance" I am convinced of the need and highly motivated to get a good nights rest for the rest of my life.
If I go without insurance route and then experience with software indicates CSA events and need fancier machine can always go back to the ins treadmill if I must. Wife also IMHO has OSA so if I buy a machine that ultimately doesn't work out for me it may well work for her. If I wake up dead my problem solved and she can find a more stable guy.
So I will sign off and return to meat-space and report back when I have something worth reporting.
I use my PAP machine nightly and I feel great!
Updated: Philips Respironics System One (60 Series)
RemStar BiPAP Auto with Bi-FlexModel 760P -
Rise Time x3 Fixed Bi-Level EPAP 9.0 IPAP 11.5 (cmH2O)
Please do report back. We look forward to it!
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I guess one other possibility is the doc could review the previous report and prescription, then simply write you a new prescription. If you haven't already done, it would be worth getting the previous sleep study report into your doctor's hands before the appt on Tuesday. We did this for my spouse who had an earlier sleep study that never got followed up on. We were actually at the doctor office when the doc suggested maybe doing a sleep study and we said hey you know she did have one last summer. Sitting in the doc office I called the sleep center and they faxed the report immediately. Doc read it and decided to write a script for the auto CPAP machine without a titration study.
I mention this to say you have a day to get the report faxed to your doc and maybe something similar could happen for you. When sending your medical records to another doc office, all they need is doc name and fax number.
good luck with this. Glad you are taking action this week.
At least take in Ebworth sleepiness test with you as benchmark.