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alexsmom
 
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Re: Surviving DME with Medicare

Postby alexsmom on Sat Apr 15, 2017 8:23 pm

I had the favorable Medicare experience with American Home Patient. My last sleep study was in 2012. My current Resmed S9 Auto was starting to be loud and had humidifier problems and I was concerned it was at the end of its useful life. I had purchased that machine myself and now needed Medicare to replace it. During the replacement process, AHP only required me to have a face to face with my primary doc and they needed an updated prescription. I picked up the new Airsense 10 Autoset yesterday, had a thorough and friendly visit with their respiratory therapist who went over how to work the machine. She stated I needed to have another visit with my doc sometime in the next several months (had to be at least 30 days after receiving the machine). She had no issues with me adjusting the settings on the machine. When she found out I was using Sleepyhead, she threw in an SD card for the Airsense. She also gave me a chin strap to try. I have used AHP for the past 3 years and have been very happy with them. My experience may not be the norm but I am pleased with their service.

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Comfortably Numb
 
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Re: Surviving DME with Medicare

Postby Comfortably Numb on Sun Apr 16, 2017 2:25 pm

alexsmom wrote:I had the favorable Medicare experience with American Home Patient. My last sleep study was in 2012. My current Resmed S9 Auto was starting to be loud and had humidifier problems and I was concerned it was at the end of its useful life. I had purchased that machine myself and now needed Medicare to replace it. During the replacement process, AHP only required me to have a face to face with my primary doc and they needed an updated prescription. I picked up the new Airsense 10 Autoset yesterday, had a thorough and friendly visit with their respiratory therapist who went over how to work the machine. She stated I needed to have another visit with my doc sometime in the next several months (had to be at least 30 days after receiving the machine). She had no issues with me adjusting the settings on the machine. When she found out I was using Sleepyhead, she threw in an SD card for the Airsense. She also gave me a chin strap to try. I have used AHP for the past 3 years and have been very happy with them. My experience may not be the norm but I am pleased with their service.


Thank you for your alternate opinion. I'm going to call them tomorrow morning to see how hungry they are for my business. If they can beat a three week delay and promise me Airsense 10 Autoset Tri-Pack heated tubing (unfortunately they only list CO-Pack, which is slimline tubing), then I'll probably go there.

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klm49
 
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Re: Surviving DME with Medicare

Postby klm49 on Tue Apr 18, 2017 4:12 pm

LSAT wrote:
Why do you need a sleep clinic/sleep doctor? Any of your doctors can write a prescription.....Primary Care, specialist, Physicians Assistant, Nurse Practitioner, Dentist..etc


My PCP is unwilling to write s prescrip. for the DME, claims he doesn't know anything about it (supplies etc.) and says he doesn't need any more medicare paper work. I didn't push the issue, but the DME said he could give the PCP an example of what to write. I don't want to pi** off my PCP, Dr.'s that take Medicare are getting scarcer all the time.

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Machine: DreamStation Auto CPAP Machine
Mask: Simplus Full Face CPAP Mask with Headgear
Humidifier: DreamStation Heated Humidifier
Additional Comments: Setting: APAP, 13 - 15.5 CFLEX=2

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chunkyfrog
 
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Re: Surviving DME with Medicare

Postby chunkyfrog on Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:46 pm

My PCP is the same way, but Medicare and my supplement pays for my pneumo, once a year.
I looked at the Medicare allowable, and-just-smiled. 8)
Nobody is getting rich, I guarantee.

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Machine: AirSense™ 10 AutoSet™ For Her CPAP Machine with HumidAir™ Heated Humidifier
Mask: AirFit™ P10 For Her Nasal Pillow CPAP Mask with Headgear
Additional Comments: Backup: Devillbiss Intellipap Autoadjust
Link to medicare suppliers, by zip code: https://www.medicare.gov/supplierdirectory/search.html

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