There are also nonMedicare DME suppliers in the field of sleep medicine; their products ideally (but voluntarily) undergo an accreditation process through the American Association of Sleep Medicine (AASM) in order to show a commitment to quality control and patient support.
Sleep patients with a need for daily therapeutic equipment such as CPAP have an ongoing relationship with a DME provider either directly or through their connection with a local hospital or free-standing sleep lab or clinic. Some are more vigilant than others about servicing patient equipment and helping with general compliance, fit and replacements. When it comes to DME, sleep patients should demand the highest level of customer service and quality assurance if they are to extract benefits from their particular mechanical therapies.
Links to learn more:
- DME Accreditation || American Association of Sleep Medicine
- New Medicare PAP Regulations || Sleep Health Centers
- One example of communications problems between patients, physicians and DME providers || Sleep Guide forum
- DME in the Sleep Lab || BinarySleep.com
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