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Insurance coverage and compliance

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SleepyMommy703 +0 points · about 1 year ago Original Poster

Just curious, if you aren't using it enough will insurance stop paying for it? If so, how much is often enough?

I've been sick for 3 weeks now with cough, sore throat, sinus pain and pressure and to top that off I had a biopsy on a lesion on my ear that is making it impossible to wear my chin strap as it causes so much pain.

I got a notice from the DME company that I wasn't meeting my goals and to reach out if they can help. I'm currently 4 months into a 10 month required rental period before they will buy it outright.

I've probably only managed 3-4 nights a week for the last couple of weeks. Just not sure if that's enough to make them decide to not cover it.

TIA

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wiredgeorge +0 points · about 1 year ago Sleep Enthusiast

No way to answer. Each insurer has different standards; that I am probably pretty sure. I guess the DME is tasked with either seeing that compliance is met or acts as intermediary for the insurance company. I used to be under Humana so I googled for Humana:

-----------quote Does Humana require compliance / adherence for CPAP therapy?

Yes.  Humana requires adherence and will only cover a medically necessary PAP device beyond the first three months of therapy when PAP use is greater than or equal to 4 hours per night on 70% of nights during a consecutive 30 day period during the first three months of therapy.

---------------unquote

Found this info on a 3rd party site as I couldn't find it easily on Humana's website. Your insurance provider may be different. You might also call the DME and ask them as well.

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SleepyMommy703 +0 points · about 1 year ago Original Poster

They did mention that I wasn't reaching my goal of 21 out of 30 days which would be 70% so perhaps that's why they have that as my goal. Not sure if they consider the nights I do use it I go far above and beyond 4 hours and usually it's more like 7 1/2 to 9 1/2 hours. If so, my total monthly hours would likely still be enough.

I have to call them to get more supplies so I'll double check.

Thanks.

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OptimisticLimeFlamingo6906 +0 points · about 1 year ago

I just started on Medicare in July so had to switch my DME provider. Medicare requires at least 4 hours of usage 70% of the time or they’ll stop paying for the machine rental. You’ll need to make sure you use it at least the minimum or they’ll stop paying. I have 2 CPAP machines as I have a place in CA and MN and leave one in each so I don’t have to constantly bring it back and forth. I had damage to one on plane trip to CA and had to purchase one myself so I just leave that one there. Since Medicare requires me to use my new machine while it’s being rented, I’ll have to bring the new one with the next few times I travel. Bummer but I don’t want to get stuck with paying for it myself

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wiredgeorge +0 points · about 1 year ago Sleep Enthusiast

Good point on the length of compliance monitoring. Most private insurance and Medicare monitor compliance for one year as the machine is a sort of a 12 month rent to own type affair with the insurance company. After that, the machine basically becomes yours. Probably isn't much to be gained by Medicare, an insurance company or even a DME in trying to sell USED PAP machines.

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