The success of your treatment and the proper functioning of the PAP machine depend to a large extent on the timely replacement of your PAP supplies. Masks, headgear, tubing, filters, nasal cushions, nasal pillows, chin straps and other supplies have a limited lifespan and should be replaced on a regular basis. Even with routine proper cleaning, normal usage results in the breakdown of these supplies and may lead to health problems.
For example, the action of normal facial oils on the silicone may cause the soft mask seal to deteriorate over time and lose its effective seal. This can cause leaks that are irritating and may result in loss of effectiveness. As a result, patients may try to tighten the straps, which can lead to further irritation and soreness of the nose and upper lip. Continual replacement of your mask will help to minimize this problem.
Another concern is infections prevention. Regular replacement of disposable items, along with proper cleaning according to our instructions will minimize the possibility of germ and bacteria development in the mask and tubing. A potentially dangerous respiratory infection can be avoided through the appropriate cleaning and replacement of consumables for your CPAP equipment.
Most insurers follow the Medicare recommended replacement schedule:
- Mask 1 per 3 months
- Nasal Replacement Cushion 2 per month
- Pillows Replacement Cushion 2 per month
- Full Face Cushion 1 per month
- Headgear 1 per 6 months
- Chinstrap 1 per 6 months
- Tubing 1 tube per 3 months
- Filter, Fine Disposable 2 per month
- Filter, Gross Particle Foam 1 per 6 months
Our PAP Supply Replenishment Program
We maintain a PAP supply replenishment program to ensure our patients receive the full benefit of their treatment and minimize any potential health or equipment failure problems that occur when the equipment is not properly maintained. We accept most PPO insurance plans, Medicare Replacement (Advantage) plans and original Medicare for non-competitive bid ZIP’s. Due to the variability in individual insurance plans such as deductibles, co-pays and limits there may be some patients we cannot accept, but as a general rule we will do everything we can to accept a patient. We also work fairly with cash paying patients. If you are on PAP therapy and not currently our patient we would be happy to discuss adding you to our supply replenishment program that includes access to our large team of licensed respiratory therapists and our Download on Demand compliance program. Please feel free to call and discuss any concerns you have with one of our Patient Services team toll fee on (888) 707-2454. We are here to help!