$199 for a smart card reader??? Are you kidding me? I am in the Army and use smart card readers every day and have purchased one for home use (Model SCM SCR301) for $20. Is this (or any after-market card reader) capable of reading the Respironics card data? Or is it only able to be read using a "propriatary" reader?
I think $199 is astronomically ridiculous for a smart card reader and if my current reader works, I will definitely buy the software to be more proactive in my treatment.
Thanks in advance.
sleepycarol said:The card reader is actually $139 or if you buy BOTH the card reader and the software the bundled price is $199
I stand corrected....I guess I was just too flabbergasted on the price of the card reader itself! :)
I was not accusing apnealife.com of anything....Internet research has shown me that this price for the reader is standard which means Respironics is the one charging the ridiculous price for their reader.
Thanks for keeping me straight! :)
IF your local DME supplier turned access to the advanced patient menu on you can access a good share of your data via the LCD screen on the Resmeds. HOWEVER, the Resmed S8 Escape and Resmed S8 Escape II are NOT fully data capable.
How long have you had your Escape, Lilah? If you've had it less that 30-45 days, take it back and diplomatically but firmly insist that they exchange that Escape for a Resmed S8 Elite II w/EPR.
Try calling your insurance company first and ask what local DME suppliers they are contracted with. Hopefully you will have the option of more than one as that will give you more bargaining/negotiating room. AND most insurances contract w/these local DME suppliers by HCPCS code NOT by brand and model and both the Escape and the Elite are HCPCS code e0601 so they can't charge you more for the Elite. They may try ... but don't let them get away with it, the Elite is an HCPCS code e0601, that is what your insurance company is paying for, HCPCS code e0601 and the Elite is the one you want. YOU are the one paying them whether thru insurance or out of pocket makes no difference. If you refuse to accept the Escape they don't get paid. If they want your business they will make the exchange at no extra charge.
Quick question - If I get the software and smart card reader.........does the data get deleted or will it stay on the card for my doctor appointments?