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    VA "doesn't do" sleep studies?

    That's what I was told. Anybody ever have a sleep study at the VA?

    Thanks much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quadvet View Post
    That's what I was told. Anybody ever have a sleep study at the VA?

    Thanks much.
    Hey Matt,
    That is not true ! I've had sleep studies at the following VA's :
    Albany, New York Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania & James A. Haley VA Hospital in Tampa Florida.
    I'm sure there must be many other VA's in the US that do sleep studies.
    If the VA you go to doesn't do them it seems to me that you would be sent to one on consult that does sleep studies. If not possible then you sent should be sent to a VA contract sleep lab that does them for the VA.
    See your service officer or patient advocate if you have to to get a sleep study done at the VA's expense. Good luck !

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    Maybe it's just my VA. Got it both from my doctors and NSO.

    Thanks RAFS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quadvet View Post
    Maybe it's just my VA. Got it both from my doctors and NSO.

    Thanks RAFS.
    Matt,
    Your very welcome. I was glad to provide the info to you.
    Yes, may be it's just your VA. Then they should send you to a contract sleep lab to get your sleep study done so you can get your machine adjusted right. Press for getting sent to a contract sleep lab.
    Good luck with every thing. PM or e-mail some time & let me know how your making or made out in your persuit getting sent to a VA contract sleep lab or to a VA that does sleep studies.

    Regards,
    RAFS

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    Will do bud, thanks.

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    My VA, Charles George, Asheville, N.C. does not do sleep studies in house. A local hospital does them on contract with the VA.
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    Thanks, Wazabiker. Do you know if that contracted hospital is able to accommodate us with SCI?

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    Have you talked to anyone at your VA SCI Center? We do them at ours. The sleep study center is not very accessible. We can accommodate the studies in a private room on the SCI unit when it is needed (their tech comes down with essential equipment). If the study is being done for sleep apnea (the most common reason) it does not require the full lab set-up.

    And yes, if your physician orders it, but it is not provided in-house at your VA, and they put in the proper justification for fee-basis at a community institution, the VA should pay for it. Your NSO needs to talk to someone at the PVA headquarters about this.

    (KLD)
    Last edited by SCI-Nurse; 03-22-2009 at 01:42 AM.

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    quad Vet I had my original study done at Providence in Seattle, since then I beleive most Dr's have their own sites. My Dr was Pasquale, and I beleive he's very close to Swedish In Seattle. I live No of Seattle, and there's 2 S/Study within a mile of me. There should be some near Portland. But check w/ the VA they should have some sort of agreement w/ a study site. Good luck buddy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KLD
    Have you talked to anyone at your VA SCI Center?
    Yes of course. Was told, as stated in OP, that VA does not do sleep studies, by my PCP. NSO said same.
    We do them at ours. The sleep study center is not very accessible. We can accommodate the studies in a private room on the SCI unit when it is needed (their tech comes down with essential equipment). If the study is being done for sleep apnea (the most common reason) it does not require the full lab set-up.
    I had something like that done at my VA SCI center. It was limited to pulse oximeter, breath sensor and snore sensor, in a 4-man room, TVs blaring, loud talking and nurses running around till after midnight - most assuredly, not a polysomnogram. As my accredited sleep doctor said regarding the results: "That is not an adequate report on which to base anything.". My VA doctor agrees, here:
    TalkAboutSleep.com: If our readers suspect undiagnosed sleep apnea in someone with SCI, what should they do?

    Dr. Stephen Burns: They should ask for a referral to a specialist in sleep medicine... sleep apnea should be confirmed with a sleep study (polysomnography).
    Does that not also apply to veterans? The only way to be properly diagnosed and treated is through polysomnography.

    Quote Originally Posted by KLD
    And yes, if your physician orders it, but it is not provided in-house at your VA, and they put in the proper justification for fee-basis at a community institution, the VA should pay for it. Your NSO needs to talk to someone at the PVA headquarters about this.
    Tried, no dice.

    ETA: I meant to add a thank you for your response, it's helpful to myself, and hopefully others too.
    Last edited by quadvet; 03-23-2009 at 07:34 AM.

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