Where to start? If you are here reading and doing your homework, you are there.
Additionally I would say,
---When you schedule the appointment for your titration, asks if you can get a copy of the initial sleep study. It will be the Dr's report and plenty of info for you at that point.
---When the sleep clinic calls you and asks where to fax your prescription....
Tell them that you will pick it up
. It will include both sleep studies and your script.
--- Pick it up and go to your local library and make 2 copies of the whole thing. You keep the original and a copy to scribble on... because you will.
Hand carry the other copy to shop for a DME
. They don't need the original, they would have taken a fax.
You can do this over the phone but having the script is like holding the checkbook.
Ask them what they can do for you, or tell them what you want...
When they say... "But your prescription only says....." You say, who do I need to call, my Ins company or the sleep doc? Just be prepared to wait if that's what it takes. I doubt that it will, or you may have another DME in line to want your business..
I tried to use 2 local DME's. One tried to snow me and the other was talking about scheduling appointments, ordering equipment, 2 weeks... bla bla bla. I went into an Apria office that was most convenient for me, and they were the most knowledgeable and helpful and had me on the machine I wanted in 3 days. Keep in mind that everybody in business, is in it to make money. Corporate drives their train. They have jobs. I'm glad I have a national DME in case I had issues while traveling. It's a personal thing. But you don't have to pick one before you get your script in your hand.