Cleveland Clinic did not want to give me the prescription initially, but rather they wanted to set me up with some affiliated agency which would forever forward soak my medical insurance for $$$, but I told the doctor to either give me the prescription outright, or forget it. I think CPAP the way it's normally done is a money racket. I also think the doctor regrets ever giving in and handing me the prescription. Post the visit to get my CPAP unit properly programmed, I haven't visited her for any followups.
I speculate that the unit and accessories that I purchased would have cost my insurance company a bunch more than I paid. They never thanked me for saving them loads of money. Instead, when I submitted the forms (along with a copy of my prescription and my receipt) to the insurance company for reimbursement, they told me that this isn't the way CPAP is supposed to be done, and they refused my claim for reimbursement unless I went back and got hooked up with the agency that was going to soak them for money. At that juncture, i gave up and ate the expense.
I looked up your CPAP. It's top of the line and has many more options then the one the insurance company supplied me. It cost less, too. You should use it a month and see if you wake up feeling better. After a couple of nights, you'll forget you have it on.
I agreed it's all a racket - starting with the DOT. The doctor who did my DOT physical sent me to the doctor she liked. That General Internist operates a Sleep Center that did the testing and made all the coordination to get the equipment. I asked for an open ended prescription so I could buy from who I liked, but they acted like I was asking for the impossible.
The insurance company requires that I submit a compliance record every 6 weeks for a year since they paid for the study and the equipment; in fact I paid for both the study and equipment because of the deductible. Interestingly, the durable med equipment company says I'm only renting the CPAP; it will become mine in a year of following the plan. That's how they lock individuals in to the racket. It's their equipment so they get to say how I get expendable supplies. On top of the insurance requirements I still have to comply with DOT requirements, which I still haven't been able to find in writing.
I let the open prescription drop because getting supplies sent automatically was just one less thing I have to deal with. I still have to go back at least yearly as long as I hold my CDL for a record of at least 6 weeks therapy compliance and a statement from the doctor that I'm in compliance and recognize the benefits of the therapy. That's all part of the racket. All newer CPAP machines have blue tooth capability and sleep reports can be down loaded by anyone with the password. It shouldn't take an additional visit to the Internist's office to get it.
The other option is lose weight so I'm not flagged for additional evaluation for Sleep Apnea and pay an additional $850 for another sleep test to prove it before they remove the need for DOT compliance. Like you said, it's all a racket.
It's prime example of why insurance premiums are so high.