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Insurance Companies are Spying on CPAP Machine Users

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Some CPAP machines, devices designed to treat sleep apnea, track the machine’s usage and send the information not just to the patient’s doctor, but to the maker of the machine, to the medical supply company that provided it and to his health insurer.

Health insurance companies are often tracking whether patients use them.

If they aren’t, the insurers might not cover the machines or the supplies that go with them.

Experts who study health care costs say insurers’ CPAP strategies are part of the industry’s playbook of shifting the costs of widely used therapies, devices and tests to unsuspecting patients.

Curated from NPR

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