My meeting with my doctor went very well yesterday. My diagnosis is moderate OSA; my overall AHI was 23; and, the best CPAP level "appears to be 9 cmH2O." I presented him with a list of the exact equipment that I want: Airsense 10 Autoset with heated humidifier and heated tubing (Tri-Pack); and Amara View full face mask. His Rx stated, "start auto PAP 5-9 cm; heated tubing with medium Amara View hybrid mask." There was some other scribbling that was illegible to me. When I told him about my "bait and switch" concerns with the DMEs, he chuckled and said he'd had problems with all of them. Apparently there was an over-abundance of DMEs in my area at one time and now there are only 5. Most have more work than they can handle and this causes backups. He was very supportive of me shopping around, and I had no problem getting a complete copy of my file, including Rx and physician's notes.
At check out, the lady asked where I wanted her to send my information. I told her the name of the business and she immediately sent the information. She said they would be contacting me to set an appointment. She said if I had problems with this DME, to contact another one of my choice and have them request my information. Apparently all of the DME's are going to get the required info directly from the doctor even if you carry it in with you.
My plan now is to wait on the call. When it comes I'm going to read them the precise list of equipment that I expect to get (I already know they carry everything I want) and tell them I want verbal confirmation that I will get it before
setting an appointment. If they are unwilling to do that, then I'll move on to the next DME and let them know up front what the deal will be. Stay tuned and thanks.
By the way, the doctor I've been using for all of the examinations and testings is with SleepMed. I highly recommend this group from start to finish. That is all they do and they do it very well.