How can I get a new CPAP machine?

This question was asked in Copano Village, Texas on 09/04/2012.
I have had my machine for over 6 years and in need of a new machine. What steps need to be taken to get a new machine?

Doctors Answers (6)

Richard J. Schumann Jr., MD
Answered on: 9/10/2012

If machine is 6 year old it is definitely antiquated from a technological point of view. You should get together in consultation with a sleep specialist to order it for you. It may be that you have to get another titration to prove you still have sleep apnea to demonstrate the need for a machine. Then you can call your DME company to get the latest equipment.

Terry M. Himes, DO
Answered on: 9/10/2012

Try and coordinate with your medical provider if possible, as they can recommend a equipment provider. In most cases your insurance will cover the purchase/rental of a new machine after 3 years. If you are no longer in contact with a medical provider, you could contact our SleepCenter and we would be happy to help you!

Marjorie Yong, M.D.
Answered on: 9/5/2012 9

Excellent question. Very important to have the data inside of your machine looked at. Also, you will need a sleep test to see what your numbers look like. Sleep apnea can worsen or get better over time.

Gary K. Zammit, Ph.D.
Answered on: 9/5/2012 9

Contact your sleep specialist and ask about the steps needed to get a new CPAP machine. You may need to be seen in the office again, or repeat CPAP titration may be needed. Your insurance carrier or Medicare should cover the cost of your new machine and supplies. If you are paying out-of-pocket, you may wish to visit a discount website.

J. Douglas Hudson, MD, DABSM
Answered on: 9/5/2012 9

A new CPAP machine is usually provided every 3-5 years by 99% of insurance companies. You should check with the company which provided your first CPAP and they should help with obtaining a new one.

Farhad Sigari, MD, FACS
Answered on: 9/5/2012 9

Check with your DME (the company that provides you the CPAP) device. Often they will know the best way to get you a new machine. Sometimes a return visit with your sleep doctor may be necessary, depending on how old your original sleep study is and your insurance carrier's requirements.