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zimlich Offline

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Posts: 392
Joined: Feb 2012

Machine: Respironics PR System One BiPap Auto SV Advanced
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: ResMed gel Nasal Mask
Humidifier: System One
CPAP Pressure: 8-20 ASV, 8 EPAP,PS 12
CPAP Software: Not using software

Other Comments: I use the Quattro FFM when necessary

Sex: Female
Location: Norfolk, VA

Post: #1
new machine and mask
I'm really lucky my insurance changed in 2013 and I have a new DME. It was really funny- the DME tech stayed in touch with me keeping me up to date on the process of getting the new machine. The doctor's tech would not send all the paperwork needed however. The tech at the dr's office told me when I called to ask them again to send the needed paperwork- "if that DME gives you any trouble, call me". He was the holdup not the DME.
Now I'm the proud owner of a brand new, 0 hour, not a scratch on it, ASV machine and a new quattro FX mask. Last night was the first night with the new mask. I knew how to put it on and the DME adjusted it for me- not one leak during the night. The DME was great!

I turned in my old machine 10 days ago because I was going to have to pay 60% of the $700+/month rental and with my old insurance they would never pay the machine off, I would have to keep renting forever. I used my old AUTO 25 in the interim and my AHI shout up to the upper 20's. With the ASV it's 4-8.
01-30-2013 11:28 AM
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PaulaO2 Offline
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Posts: 8,067
Joined: Feb 2012

Machine: S9 Autoset
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: F&P Simplus
Humidifier: H5i
CPAP Pressure: 14-20
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Hypermobility Type; chronic sarcasm

Sex: Undisclosed
Location: western NC, USA

Post: #2
RE: new machine and mask
This is great! Please let us know how it works out for you!

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01-30-2013 11:47 AM
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trish6hundred Offline

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Posts: 6,449
Joined: May 2012

Machine: Resmed S9 AutoSet for Her
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Fisher & Paykel Simplus
Humidifier: H5i Heated Humidifier
CPAP Pressure: 10 - 7-20 Cm H2O
CPAP Software: Not using software

Other Comments: I started CPAP in 2008. Totally blind since birth.

Sex: Female
Location: Missouri, USA

Post: #3
RE: new machine and mask
Hi zimlich,
I'm glad you were able to get a new machine and mask. It sounds like your DME is looking out for you, GREAT to hear.
CONGRATULATIONS.!

trish6hundred
(This post was last modified: 01-30-2013 12:30 PM by trish6hundred.)
01-30-2013 12:28 PM
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Shastzi Offline

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Posts: 1,174
Joined: Dec 2012

Machine: ResMed S9 Autoset
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: FitLife Total face mask
Humidifier: F&P HC150 with Hybernite heated hose.
CPAP Pressure: 15cm-20cm H2O (auto)
CPAP Software: SleepyHead Other Software

Other Comments: CMS50-F wearable Oximeter; Software: SPO2 Assistant

Sex: Undisclosed
Location: Florida, USA.

Post: #4
RE: new machine and mask
$700 a month rental? That's highway robbery.
01-30-2013 12:48 PM
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Ugly Offline

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Posts: 568
Joined: Oct 2012

Machine: ResMed S9 AutoSet
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: ResMed Mirage Micro
Humidifier: ResMed H5i
CPAP Pressure: 7-14
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead

Other Comments: Hydrocephalus, myopia, depression, chronic ugliness, stupidity, tinnitus, mixed sleep apnea.

Sex: Male
Location: Barrie Ontario Canada

Post: #5
RE: new machine and mask
(01-30-2013 12:48 PM)Shastzi Wrote:  $700 a month rental? That's highway robbery.

Unless it's rent-to-own then it's yours in two or three months.
01-30-2013 02:39 PM
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zimlich Offline

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Posts: 392
Joined: Feb 2012

Machine: Respironics PR System One BiPap Auto SV Advanced
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: ResMed gel Nasal Mask
Humidifier: System One
CPAP Pressure: 8-20 ASV, 8 EPAP,PS 12
CPAP Software: Not using software

Other Comments: I use the Quattro FFM when necessary

Sex: Female
Location: Norfolk, VA

Post: #6
RE: new machine and mask
Unfortunately that's what this DME (and my last DME) charged my insurance each month for the ASV machine. The insurance, which was a Medicare supplemental policy) also said the machine would never be paid off. I would have to continue to rent month by month. That's against Medicare guidelines which rent for 13 months then buys. I don't remember what insurance actually paid, but my part was $109/month. Yes, highway robbery. I have private insurance now through my partners work and it will pay the machine off in 90 days the new DME said. This new one is charging theinsurance company $6,000 for a system one ASV with humidifier.
01-31-2013 03:17 AM
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vsheline Offline

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Posts: 1,908
Joined: Jul 2012

Machine: S9 VPAP Adapt (USA Model# 36007, not better 36037 or 36067)
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: F10 or SimPlus w/ 2Liners. MirageQuatro & Gecko gel pad
Humidifier: H5i
CPAP Pressure: 15 EPAP, PS 5-10
CPAP Software: ResScan

Other Comments: Marfan Syndrome, chronic bradycardia, occasional Cheyne-Stokes Respiration

Sex: Male
Location: California, USA

Post: #7
RE: new machine and mask
(01-30-2013 11:28 AM)zimlich Wrote:  Now I'm the proud owner of a brand new, 0 hour, not a scratch on it, ASV machine and a new quattro FX mask. Last night was the first night with the new mask. I knew how to put it on and the DME adjusted it for me- not one leak during the night. The DME was great!

Congratulations, Mary! That is really great!

My doctor has given me a prescription for the same model machine. I am now in the process of trying to get it preauthorized by my insurance. Any week now, hopefully.

Your profile says your Pressure is 8-20 ASV, EPAP 8, PS 12. Does this mean you are on a fixed EPAP of 8 and a fixed Pressure Support of 12? I guess that would be very consistent, which might make it easier to eliminate Leaks.

The machine can also be set with a range for EPAP and a range for PS, and the machine would adaptively adjust itself as needed within the range.

Take care,
--- Vaughn

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01-31-2013 04:01 AM
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DocWils Offline

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Posts: 1,271
Joined: Jul 2012

Machine: Philips Remstar series 60
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: ResMed P10
Humidifier: same as machine
CPAP Pressure: 5-15
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

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Sex: Male
Location: Switzerland

Post: #8
RE: new machine and mask
How much do these machines cost in the shop? %700/mo sounds like an awful lot....
01-31-2013 08:21 AM
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zimlich Offline

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Posts: 392
Joined: Feb 2012

Machine: Respironics PR System One BiPap Auto SV Advanced
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: ResMed gel Nasal Mask
Humidifier: System One
CPAP Pressure: 8-20 ASV, 8 EPAP,PS 12
CPAP Software: Not using software

Other Comments: I use the Quattro FFM when necessary

Sex: Female
Location: Norfolk, VA

Post: #9
RE: new machine and mask
This particular machine is $3900 at one on line supplier. I don't know how the DME charges the insurance company so much.
01-31-2013 09:52 AM
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Shastzi Offline

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Posts: 1,174
Joined: Dec 2012

Machine: ResMed S9 Autoset
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: FitLife Total face mask
Humidifier: F&P HC150 with Hybernite heated hose.
CPAP Pressure: 15cm-20cm H2O (auto)
CPAP Software: SleepyHead Other Software

Other Comments: CMS50-F wearable Oximeter; Software: SPO2 Assistant

Sex: Undisclosed
Location: Florida, USA.

Post: #10
RE: new machine and mask
Well, Zimlich, I would call it a complete lack of scruples.
Multiply the charge by 50-100 customers per year.

I am not against folks making a profit but I am against blatent rip offs.
01-31-2013 04:42 PM
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