• Getting through airport security with a CPAP

    CPAP is the most effective treatment for sleep apnea and must be used every night, including while on vacation, camping or travelling for business. This presents an extra challenge for many people suffering with sleep apnea. In this blog post series, we’ll cover the top challenges of travelling with CPAP, including tips for making your … Read More »

  • What to do if Your Insurance Company Won’t Pay For Replacement CPAP Supplies Because You’re Not Compliant.

    This the is second post in a series about the most common reasons why health insurance companies are not covering CPAP supplies. As an equipment provider for many health plans, medical groups and IPAs in Southern California, we’re seeing that coverage for replacement CPAP supplies is changing and the process is becoming more difficult. We’re … Read More »

  • Why Won’t My Insurance Company Pay for the CPAP Supplies I Need?

    Our patients get extremely frustrated when they contact us to order replacement supplies- at the usual 90 to 120 day intervals- but their health insurance company won’t pay. It’s especially hard because we’ve been saying- since the initial set-up- how important it is to regularly replace CPAP equipment, like the mask, cushions, filters and tubing. Your … Read More »

  • What Makes the New ResMed AirFit™ 20 CPAP Masks Better?

    With over 20 million Americans suffering from sleep apnea, it’s no wonder that ResMed, a leading manufacturer of CPAP machines and masks, has developed another series of CPAP masks to offer more comfortable CPAP therapy to those in need. Masks designed to fit more faces The recently released AirFit™ 20 series includes a full-face, AirFit™ … Read More »

  • “Smart” CPAP Machines for Better Sleep Apnea Treatment

    You know what a smart phone is…but what about a smart CPAP machine? On the most basic level, a PAP (positive airway pressure) machine is a medical device that blows pressurized air through the airway to prevent the throat closing during sleep apnea. But increasingly advanced technology in these machines is leading to all sorts … Read More »

  • Pot: An Alternative Treatment for Sleep Apnea?

    Sleep apnea affects approximately 20 million Americans—nearly one out of every 16 people—and estimates show that sleep disorders affect over 40 million people in the United States alone. Sufferers are unable to achieve restful sleep, no matter how long they spend in bed. As a result, people with sleep apnea suffer from many negative health … Read More »

  • Insurance Coverage for Bi-Level PAP

    PAP (positive airway pressure) therapy treats obstructive sleep apnea by delivering pressurized air into the airways to keep it open during the night while sleeping. PAP can reduce or completely eliminate sleep apnea (learn more about how PAP therapy works here). There is significant evidence that treating sleep apnea with PAP therapy improves quality of … Read More »

  • Would a Child with Sleep Apnea Need CPAP?

    CPAP is the gold-standard therapy for adult patients with obstructive sleep apnea. It is the most effective therapy, when used properly, at reducing or eliminating apnea events. CPAP therapy has been shown to prevent and even reduce the negative effects that sleep apnea can have on the body, including increased risk of death from heart problems. … Read More »

  • At What Severity Will Insurance Cover CPAP for Sleep Apnea?

    The patient clearly has sleep apnea, but it’s not severe enough for the insurance company to cover therapy. Why? Unfortunately, there are varying opinions about how sleep apnea is diagnosed and when CPAP is the appropriate therapy. Primarily, the difference is between how Medicare (CMS) and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) define a diagnosis … Read More »

  • Does CPAP Save Lives?

    A study published this month in the New England Journal of Medicine tested the effects of CPAP therapy on heart disease.  Positive Airway Pressure devices, called PAP, deliver pressurized ambient air through a delivery system (tubing and mask), to eliminate apnea events during sleep. PAP, including CPAP, BIPAP, Auto-PAP, and ASV-PAP, is the most effective treatment for … Read More »