just like iphones, cpap machines have changed a lot in the last few years. The latest models are even beginning to resemble Apple devices. These changes in the form and function of cpaps serve very important purposes.
(1) If a cpap machine is more attractive and easier to use, someone diagnosed with sleep apnea is more likely to use it.
- they are quieter and smaller.
- easier to turn on and off (many turn on automatically once you put your mask on and start breathing).
- Your cpap provider can help you troubleshoot when you have problems with the therapy. they can even adjust settings remotely on some machines.
- has access to your usage data, whether online or in an app. knowledge is power.
- If/when your insurance company requires proof of use for your device rental or purchase or when it’s time to get new supplies, your provider can easily obtain the information and send it directly to the insurance company. no need to mess with shipping cards back and forth.
(2) if the technology allows for wireless transmission of usage data, the cpap provider (for some of you that might be us, learn more about “smart machines” here) doesn’t have to bother patients to download the smart card. when the insurance company requires compliance data, the provider can easily access the data (here is a post where we talk about our process).
(3) Newer devices are better at treating sleep apnea. that’s a big deal.
so now that you want a new machine, you may be wondering, “how do I get a new cpap?”
varies safe to safe; however, if you have had your machine for 5 years or more or your machine is in poor working order, you may qualify for a replacement. You will need a new prescription from your doctor and documentation of an in-person evaluation that you are still using and benefiting from the therapy. If you have hmo insurance, your doctor may need to request authorization from your medical group (learn more about insurance requirements for cpap here).
If your device breaks (and is no longer covered by warranty) or is stolen, your insurance may approve a new device even faster.
check with your cpap provider to discuss next steps.
again, it depends on your insurance.
Usually, you will only need a new sleep study for one of the following reasons:
- your symptoms return. if the symptoms that prompted you to be tested and start therapy (snoring, night wheezing, daytime sleepiness) return, you should talk to your doctor to assess your trouble sleeping and potentially changing the pressure on your machine.
- Your symptoms do not go away. If you start therapy but your symptoms persist, you may need to be retested to evaluate another sleep disorder or to adjust the pressure on your machine.
- weight gain or loss (this is one of the most desirable side effects of cpap therapy). weight gain can increase the severity of sleep apnea, and weight loss can reduce or even eliminate events. if you have had a significant weight change, you should evaluate pressure adjustments.
- Other major health changes. Stroke, heart attack, or other heart problems since you started therapy or if you started using nocturnal oxygen, may mean you need a new sleep study.
If you are interested in information on obtaining a new cpap device, please contact us for information on your insurance coverage or our cash rates. We contract with most commercial health insurance and medical groups (hmos).
see our list of contracted insurances
request a cpap setup
buy cpaps and supplies online
Other publications that may be of interest to you:
- medicare coverage for cpap & supplies
- sleep apnea patients should comply with pap smear prior to device purchase or refill
- what is a cpap machine? (difference between cpap, apap, bipap and asv)
- where can i sell or donate my used cpap equipment?
- help! i can’t pay cpap. where to find free or low-cost equipment