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Mary Z replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"glad to hear it, Richard.  Keep us posted."
Sunday
Mary Z left a comment for richard graham
"Glad to hear it's working, Richard."
Friday
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"The chin strap is helping. Been having better sleep. Thanks Ginny and Mary for your help"
Friday
Ginny Edmundson replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"Thanks, Mary~  Fingers are crossed.  My pressure is one point lower than when I began (7) and AHI is some lower (7 day average).  I am anxious about sleep study as I have not slept without CPAP in 2.5 years!   "
Apr 6
Mary Z replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"Good job, Ginny Hope the sleep study shows some good results."
Apr 6
Ginny Edmundson replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"Last procedure done!  This time he gave me meds to take before so less anxiety while waiting!  For the first time I was able to eat normal food on the way home after the procedure.  No pain after 12 hours.  If it only works.…"
Apr 5
Mary Z replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"Some folks run their humidifiers in passover mode- not turning on the heat just letting the air blow over the water.  That would not give any heat though. "
Apr 5
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"Interesting, I actually feel a little better when I don't use the humidifier, but the humidifier helps with sinuses. The cold air stuff's me up. Gonna try running heat and a nasal spray"
Apr 4
Mary Z replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"Good luck with it- let us know how you do, Richard."
Apr 4
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"I just picked up a new chin strap and will use it with my ultra mirage."
Apr 4
richard graham posted a discussion

nasal sprays

Just wanting some suggestions for some good nasal sprays to dry up sinusus. Thank you
Apr 3
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"Thanks Mary"
Apr 3
Mary Z replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"I have both.  I use the chin strap with my Wisp and I also have a FFM if I choose to use that one. I'm a mouth breather.  I find nasal masks are easier to fit without leaks"
Apr 3
Mary Z replied to Mary Z's discussion Using comfort features
"Nasacort is now available without a prescription.  I personally use Afrin on the rare nights I need it for being stuffed up."
Apr 3
richard graham replied to Mary Z's discussion Using comfort features
"Mary, do you recommend a good nasal spray?"
Apr 2
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"Wondering if mouth breathers do better with FFM"
Apr 2
richard graham posted a discussion

mouth breathing

I'm a mouth breather, and am wondering weather to get a chin strap or affm
Apr 2
richard graham replied to Mary Z's discussion Using comfort features
"I've been thinking about trying a nasal spray. Thanks that's useful info."
Apr 2
Mary Z replied to Mary Z's discussion Using comfort features
"I have to admit, it's easier to fall asleep."
Mar 31
Ginny Edmundson replied to Mary Z's discussion Using comfort features
"have always used the comfort setting since starting. I tried it once without and hated it. "
Mar 30
My durable medical equipment company called the other day to check up and see whether i was using a newly prescribed machine. I kind of fudged the truth and said that i'm using it without any problems, which i'm not. My question is if they check the data card on my machine can i get into trouble or have to pay for the machine out of pocket?

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As a health care provider that works a lot with sleep apnea I should know the billing answer but I don't I confess. But, as a provider, I STRONGLY encourage you to work with your home care co and sleep provider to find a solution that works. If you're having problems, there should hopefully be a respiratory therapist somewhere in your system, or maybe someone from the sleep lab who can make some suggestions or help you find more appropriate equipment if there are big issues. If the DME company won't work with you to find a solution, shop around fro a home care company who's focus is respiratory medicine. Last night was night 3 for me with my own CPAP, and the first night I kept it on all night. It does take time to get used to, and it's not unreasonable to work into it gradually. Keep trying!!!
Why would you fib to the person or service that is providing your equipment and to whom you SHOULD be turning to for advice and assistance in acclimating to CPAP therapy? Their RT can't help you if they don't know you are having a problem! They aren't mind readers. YOU are experiencing the problem, YOU SHOULD be contacting them AND your sleep doctor for the assistance you need. We are then here to fill in the gaps as we can.

WHY SHOULD your insurance continue to pay for expensive equipment you are NOT using? Yes, the insurance company can refuse to pay for that equipment and yes, you would have signed paperwork agreeing to be responsible for what insurance doesn't pay.

It is YOUR responsiblity to make this therapy work for you. It is THEIR responsiblity to help you out w/any problems you make them aware you are having. They can't help w/a problem they don't know exists.
This is a double-edged razor. If the DME is calling based on their concern for you as a patient, you need to be upfront with them. Why aren't you using the equipment? Is there a fitting problem? Is there an anxiety issue? What ever it is, be honest.

If they are calling and hiding the pretext for the call as concern for you, but really questioning your usage as a basis for the insurance report they will file, and they will, as it is required in order for them to receive payment for their service, you may have a problem.

If you are having issues with the equipment, you need to get them resolved quickly. The insurance company will review your compliance based on the information from the data card at some point. Your DME will file the report so they can be paid. If you have perpetuated the lie, they could actually consider criminal charges of insurance fraud (this is a worst case scenario). Not saying that that would occur, but I have seen them institute legal action to recover what they consider as a fraudulent claim.

Remember - You are the one who controls your treatment. Educate Yourself
If they check your data card -- they are going to be very aware you aren't using your machine if you aren't. No getting around it.

Call them tell them you are having problems. Insurance is paying them to help YOU.
i wasn't feeling right about not telling them the truth. i'll come clean and ask what they suggest to use the machine better.

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