Does ApneaMed Accept Insurance?
In order to save you money, ApneaMed is a cash-only service. In most cases, our program is less expensive than out-of-pocket costs for patients who use their insurance to diagnose and treat OSA. How is this possible? Most health insurance companies require that you spend two nights in a sleep lab for a comprehensive polysomnography. These tests can diagnose any sleep disorder, not just OSA. However, they are very expensive. While insurance plans vary greatly from state to state and from patient to patient, the average total out of pocket costs for two in-lab sleep studies, physician office visits, CPAP machine, and supplies, can be well over $2000 after the deductible has been met. Insurance deductibles are often upwards of $3000-5000. ApneaMed gives you the same quality diagnosis and treatment for a fraction of the cost, and it's all done in the comfort of your own home. Additionally, any money you spend at ApneaMed can count toward your insurance deductible for other healthcare services or products.
Is ApneaMed for Everyone?
No. Home Sleep Tests (HSTs) are only approved for adults 18 years and older, and are limited to diagnosing Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). If you believe you have another sleep disorder, or if you have certain medical comorbidities such as COPD, Congestive Heart Failure, or neuromuscular disease, then you should see your primary care physician and get an order for an in-lab sleep study.
Do I Need a Physician's Order?
A physician's order is not required for a home sleep test. Once your test has been evaluated and interpreted by one of our board certified sleep physicians, a recommendation may be given for AutoPAP. This interpretation and recommendation allows you to purchase an AutoPAP machine from any distributor, including ApneaMed.
Will My FSA/HSA Pay for a Home Sleep Test?
In most cases, yes. However, most FSA and HSA cards do not work for online purchases. In most cases, you will need to pay for the Home Sleep Test and CPAP with your credit card and get reimbursed by your FSA/HSA. We recommend speaking with your human resources rep first.
How Do I Know What Size Mask to Order?
It is important that your mask fit your face appropriately. PAP masks do not require a perfect seal, but excessive mask leaks can lead to improper treatment. To help prevent this, we send out a mask fitting guide with each of our HST units so you can know ahead of time what size mask will fit you the best.
Should I Order a Nasal Mask or a Full Face Mask?
A nasal mask fits on or over your nose to deliver air through your nasal passages only, while a full face mask fits over your nose and mouth to deliver air through both the nose and mouth. Both mask types are acceptable and effective in treating sleep apnea, but there are important differences to note. Many patients with untreated sleep apnea will naturally open their mouth during sleep to try to capture more air. However, most will be able to keep their mouths closed during sleep once they are treated with PAP. Many mouth breathers, including those with narrow nasal passages or deviated septums, perform better with a full face mask. Many others find nasal masks to be more comfortable and less obtrusive. Please see our Mask Info page for more information about the mask styles we offer.
How Often Should I Purchase a New Mask and Hose?
It is recommended that masks and hoses be replaced every six months. Over time, these supplies can get bacteria built up in them, which can lead to respiratory infections and other illnesses. Additionally, old masks and hoses are more prone to air leaks and facial discomfort.
How Do I Take Care of My Machine?
Mask, Hose, and Machine all require periodic maintenance. Like anything else, the better you take care of your equipment, the better it will take care of you. Your equipment will come with instructions for cleaning and maintenance. Additionally, you may view this video for basic care instructions for your AutoPAP machine.