As a sidenote...WOW there are some hostile posts on here as of late..SHEESH!! Well, here's hoping my post is not met with hatred and hositlity!
That won't work...this is just lke the real world...some days things run smoothly, some days, not so much.
Ok, as you can tell from my post I am looking for a way to circumvent the stupid CPAP logs required by my surgeons office. Now, wait, before I get flamed and reamed a new one about the importance of CPAP, I have a REALLY good reason I need to get around this...
Uhm...not so much...you understandably hate the damned thing--which explains why you can't find find it. And why I know where one of mine is but not the other.
I have a old CPAP machine around here somewhere (from a fea years ago.) The thing burned my throat and nose so bad it continued throughout the day. I would snatch it off druing the night.. I couldnt tell you who supplied it. Been there done that...it's a pain. Find it and get the parts you need to make it work for you...could be a heater, a new mask, a humidifier...OR a new and better machine that isn't as oppressive. (More on that in a minute.)
If the name of the company is etched on the CPAP...ok then theres hope...if the name ISN'T etched on it, then you go to a local durable medical equipment company and ask them if it's theirs or if they have that model and can reset it to your newest test results. (They'll need your doctor's orders.) ALTERNATIVELY, you can find CPAPs (and I prefer the AutoPAP or Auto CPAP or even a BiPAP to the basic CPAP for sale used or even for rent on the old interwebs. I just found one in SoCarolina for $45 a month...not free, but you don't need it that long.
maybe, I had two new sleep study's performed in preparation of this surgery and because of a bunch of stupid inefficient staff at the sleep center, these studies and subsequent CPAP recommendations took from December to mid January. Just in time for all my deductibles to reset! Lucky Me! se CPAP. BUT, and heres where my good We have a 6K insurance deductible. Getting a SECOND CPAP machine is ludicrous since I already have one, PLUS even though our insurance wont be paying for this machine, because we pay outta pocket until that deductible is met. Tthey STILL REQUIRE a 3 months rental on the machine, meaning I must pay for three months of rental out of pocket. Hey! The geniuses at my mother's assisted living refilled all her Rxs for the new year the last week in December...months after she had hit her MediCare "donut hole" and had no coverage...so I got to pay TONS for them. Had they waited until January 1st, they would have been free. And my mom is low income.
Still not convinced? Ok fine, the anti blood clotting drug needed for after surgery....Y'all know, The one that gets injected into your stomach twice a day? Well I have NO prescription coverage for that!!! (The surgeons office requires you call and get your coverage information from your insurance company and fax it in to them.) Thats a whopping 2400 out of pocket and it will be paid all at once, to the pharmacy!!!! No bills, no payment plans. So, yeah, so paying for the A SECOND stupid CPAP machine is an added expense we don't wanna have to bear.
Well, I don't know what you do for a living or how rich or poor you are. The drug manufacturer--if it's Lovenox--has a low- or no-cost benefit program. They SAY it's for people who have no insurance, but they accept appeals for the "underinsured." Of course, your income has to be pretty low...so maybe you'll need to write a reallly good letter or bite the bullet on this part.
Still not a good enough reason?? Ok fine, NOW the plot thickens, according to the program coordinator, my insurance will be changing it's requirements from a 12 week medically supervised weight loss program (which I completed todayy) to a 6 months requirement. This will happen March 1, 2011. According to her, I SHOULD be allowed to be approved under the old requirements, but she said it best....Why be caught up while BCBS transitions into this if I don't have to be? I contacted BCBS IL and the nice but utterly useless rep said she could send me out a copy of the WLS portion of my policy (my 4th in 3 months.) She said she had no knowledge of the requirements changing and that WHEN , not IF, but WHEN they did I would get something in the mail....Ummm NOT helpful.
Their policies are online. Or they were. Get your own copy.
PLUS not all surgeons require the CPAP compliance logs. I say that to say, this surgoen obviously believes patients are less than honest about CPAP and so to make sure patients are using their CPAPs he requires the logs from the company that supplised the device. Fine, but Im sure other surgeons are aware of this fact as well, and they don't require logs. I say this to say, this is not a universally recognized practice. I cannot just switch surgeons as I am in the Chicagoland area and considering the staggering out of pocket costs for the anti clotting drug, I absolutely cannot afford to travel for this surgery. So your choice seems to be to do what THIS surgeon wants...suit up, Bubba. You'll look great in the headgear.
Has anyone convinced a surgeon THAT REQUIRES CPAP logs to proceed without them? I was diagnosed with mild to moderate apnea and the surgeons office already said they would require CPAP during my stay at the hospital. Also the intern SLIPPED and said they PRESCRIBE CPAP for patients AFTER surgery when they do not have a machine at home.... So thanks for letting me rant! .
I didn't let you rant...I pretty much told you that most of these isses have solutions...sorry to rain on your pity party...but it's for your own good you know.