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    CPAP MACHINE BUYING GUIDE: 4 TIPS ON GETTING THE BEST PRICE

    Sleep Apnea is already enough of a burden, so finding the best deal on CPAP machines and supplies should not be. To take the stress out of your search, we want to share with you 4 factors you should consider before buying your sleep therapy equipment.

    TIP #1 - INSURANCE-BASED CPAP PROVIDERS MAY CHARGE MORE

    Durable medical equipment (DME) providers often charge higher rates for CPAP machines and supplies, with the expectation of negotiating with insurance companies. The sometimes unnecessary involvement of an insurance company can cause an increase in price that may end up being allowed, and more importantly, may fall back on you if you have not met your annual deductible.

    Online retailers have a greater incentive to be competitive. With the market driving the standard, direct-to-consumer retailers must keep prices low to appeal to customers, and often carry out sales promotions.

    While MDS Medical Supplies accepts insurance, we also have a large online base, and we don’t treat one part of the family any differently from the other. Therefore, our goal is to offer high-quality CPAP products for the lowest prices available in both markets.

    TIP #2 - RENTING VS. BUYING CPAP EQUIPMENT


    If you’re using insurance, finding a provider you like who offers competitive pricing is only step #1. You also have to know what your plan says.

    Some insurance plans may push for the “rent-to-own” approach, where you make monthly payments towards your machine until you are officially approved to pay it off.

    Approval requires a few visits to the doctor to have your compliance reports read so you can prove you’re using the machine nightly. Depending on the insurance company, this process can take anywhere from 3 to 10 months.

    As with many things, it’s usually written into your contract whether durable medical equipment is subject to rental or purchase, so unfortunately neither you nor your doctor have a say in the payment structure.

    One advantage of the rental structure is that if you aren’t able to tolerate CPAP therapy, or your doctor decides to change your prescription or recommends switching machines, your current device can be traded in for a new one with proof of medical necessity.

    But that is not to say the same cannot happen with a purchased machine as long as you’re seeing your doctor regularly and keeping them updated on how your CPAP therapy is going.

    TIP #3 - THERE’S LIMITED COVERAGE ON CPAP SUPPLIES

    For hygiene and health, it is crucial to regularly replace essential CPAP supplies, including CPAP masks, tubing and filters. However, insurance companies can limit how often you can replenish supplies or simply not cover them.

    You may think that if you have health insurance, it will cover the costs of your CPAP supplies.

    Although insurance companies agree that CPAP users should change out their equipment every 3-6 months, your insurance might still not cover all the associated costs.

    Some health insurances cover unlimited supplies and others may only cover a fraction of those costs. It’s all based on your policy, not what you need.

    These restrictions can lead to less frequent use of your CPAP machine due to old equipment and not being able to replace parts when needed. For this reason, many people choose to pay for supplies on their own in order to remain compliant in their CPAP therapy and maintain a healthier lifestyle.

    TIP #4 - NOT ALL CPAP RETAILERS ARE REPUTABLE

    CPAP machines are an extremely important part of life for those with sleep apnea.

    Purchasing this equipment quickly and conveniently is important, which is why many retailers offer the opportunity to buy a CPAP machine online as long as you have a prescription.

    Various CPAP machines, including home and travel machines, can be found on many trusted retailers’ websites, but the biggest concern with purchasing online is making sure you’re buying from a reputable supplier.

    When it comes to CPAP machines or supplies, double check whether the site has a physical address, a number you can call, and an email to reach live customer support. You also want to make sure the products you have bought are new and not refurbished.

    MDS provides trustworthy equipment, reliable medical experts, and the most up-to-date information to meet all of your sleep therapy needs for self-paying and insured patients. We offer low and transparent prices, and there is never a question of where we are. You can literally stop by our office.

    GETTING THE BEST TREATMENT WITH MDS

    Insurance-approved CPAP providers don’t always guarantee you the best experience and online retailers can have their faults.

    When searching for the best deal, you should always consider the factors mentioned here before making a decision and seek to find the best of both worlds: insurance type compliance with online pricing and convenience.

    Keep in mind that you’re looking for where quality, price, convenience, and continued ease of use meet.

    MDS Medical Supplies has top-rated CPAP machines and supplies at very reasonable prices as well as a team of durable medical equipment (DME) technicians on hand to help you navigate your entire sleep therapy process from at-home sleep study options to supply maintenance and report readings.

    Take back control of your night! If you believe you may have Sleep Apnea, schedule a free consultation with one of our medical experts at MDS Medical Supplies.

    If you have any other questions, feel free to contact us at 281-955-3371 or click below to shop.