WICHITA, KANSAS -- I'm having foot surgery on Tuesday, November 24th, and will require a HurryCane (3-pronged cane) for my recovery. I called the local number listed for Apria on Tuesday, November 10th, and got the national customer service line. I gave my info over the phone and let them know I was having foot surgery on Tuesday, November 24th, and needed my cane no later than Monday, November 23rd. I then tried to fax in my script to the number they gave me. The fax failed, due to an error on your end. I tried faxing the script again on Thursday, November 12th, and it finally went through.
I called Apria on Friday, November 13th, to verify receipt of the fax, and asked when I could expect my cane. I was told that the person pulled up my info and put a “911” on it to get it processed faster, and that it would probably be worked by the end of the day, but certainly by Saturday, which would mean they would call UnitedHealthcare on Monday for approval. I was informed that after the script was processed, they would order my cane, then the local office would contact me when it was ready to pick-up. I was told that they received a delivery of DME equipment every Friday, so I should expect my cane the following Friday, November 20th.
Called in to Apria again on Tuesday, November 17th, and found out my script hadn't been processed yet. I was put on hold while the person I was talking to called the department responsible for processing my script. I was told I would receive a call within 24 hours with info on when I would get my cane. 24 hours passed, and I called Apria again on Wednesday, November 18th. Once again I was put on hold while the person I was talking with called someone responsible for processing my script. I was told my script had been escalated, and I should hear from the local office about picking up my cane by the following day. Thursday passed without any contact from Apria.
I called again on Friday, November 20th. I was told that my claim had finally been processed on Thursday, November 19th, which was a week after Apria had received my faxed script and 6 days after Apria had promised it would be processed. I was told the warehouse didn't stock the HurryCane I was prescribed; that it was a special order. I reiterated that I was having surgery on Tuesday, November 24th, and that I needed my cane no later than Monday, November 23rd. I was told I would hear from the local office before the end of the day letting me know when I would get delivery of my cane.
Later in the afternoon on Friday, November 20th, I received a call from Apria telling me that I could pick up my cane from the Wichita office. I took time off work to go pick up the cane, because they close at 5pm. When I arrived at the Apria office, they tried to give me a standard cane, instead of the 3-prong HurryCane I had been prescribed by my podiatrist. Apria didn't have a HurryCane in stock, and told me that there was no way they could get one in before my surgery on the morning of Tuesday, November 24th.
The lady at the front desk told me I should take a copy of my script to Hart Pharmacy and Home Medical. I informed her that Hart was NOT in-network. I told them to cancel my order for a cane, as I would have to go buy one at retail price and wait to get reimbursed by UnitedHealthcare. So, I was lied to yet again by Apria, and wasted my time and gas money to go pick up a cane that they didn't have.
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA -- I have dealt with Apria ever since getting my first CPAP and have never had the problems that I have had in the past few years. First your company went to a cheap knock off version of the Quattro headgear and I was told by more than two telephone associates that you no longer carried this headgear and the replacement did not come in a medium. I told the associate my head was too large for the small and too small for the large. At least three associates told me this and a supervisor. I now have a large and a small headgear and my point was proven correct (neither headgear fits my head). I finally went online and ordered 4 medium headgear from the online store.
My biggest complaint is the respiratory therapist at the Parham Road location in Richmond, VA. On 10-20-2015 I went into your office with my bi-pap and it was supposedly replaced with a new machine although Matt said it had 25 hours on it. I came home, set it up and within a month, it started to beep continuously. Took it back and Matt told me it was suppose to beep and I told him I knew it was but not thirteen times or until I finally unplugged it. He was not interested in my complaint and would not do anything. A month after that I went back and again complained - this time his arrogance was worse than before and again would do nothing.
Finally I sent my caregiver in about the headgear and bi-pap both and he would do no more for her than he had done for me, said the manager was in a meeting. My five year date was up in February 2016 and when I called I was told it was past my five year date. I finally called back and asked to speak to the manage.
When the telephone call was returned it was not from the manager but the therapist Matt who proceeded to tell me the manager did not return calls and would not speak with me. Except for my last call I believe all visits and calls were prior to the February deadline. I even asked for the President's address which was not given to me. I was told to call your complaint department, who never returned my call. My frustration level with your company is through the roof.
LAKE FOREST, CALIFORNIA -- In order for my wife to have home care, she needed a wound VAC. The hospital contacted Apria Healthcare for the unit. The first thing Apria did was contact my daughter for a credit or debit card to put on file. She refused. They contacted me. They gave me an estimate of my cost after insurance ($1,500). They also told me I couldn't return any unused supplies and implied without a credit card on file they wouldn't deliver the needed equipment. I reluctantly gave them my credit card number with the stipulation they wouldn't bill me until after the insurance paid. They indicated they would not bill as I requested.
They requested a time that I would be home for delivery of the wound VAC. I couldn't give a time. I was told I would get a call first. I got home from the hospital with my wife and find the wound VAC on the porch. They never called ahead just dropped it off.
A few days later I find Apria billed my credit card for $162. They never sent a bill, they didn't contact me in any manner. They didn't give me any method of contacting them either. I tried to send them an email from their website but it won't let you without an account number. I called their service line to inquire as to why they charged my card. I was told it was for supplies (that we didn't order in the first place). I argued that I never authorized any charges to my credit card. I received a "canned" response that I authorized auto-bill. Problem was that I didn't. I got nowhere with them.
She offered to send me a statement. What I received was a slip of paper that looked like an internal document showing what was shipped and charges. It wasn't a statement and the charges total was $400. Still doesn't fit what they charged my card. Out of frustration I disputed the charges with my bank. My account was credited. I got my money back and Apria gets a "ding" on their account. Maybe if more people fight back by disputing the charges, they would change their Gestapo billing tactics.
In the end, because I hit my out of pocket limit, the whole bill was covered by insurance. With the insurance discount the cost was far less than the $1,500 copay they quoted. If I can avoid it, I would never use Apria for anything. Their billing tactics and customer service re billing are horrible.
I have been trying to get a refund from this company for 3 months. They billed my mother's credit card for oxygen which was paid in full by Medicare and her Medicare supplement policy. I called in January and after an hour on hold finally reached a person. She said the refund would appear on the credit card in about 2-3 weeks. After 4 weeks and no refund, I called again. 45 minutes on hold, then was told a refund was due and it would take 14 days. She also gave me a phone number that would get me to a person more quickly.
After another month passed with no refund, I called the "special" number. I was only on hold 35 minutes this time, so I guess it truly was special. The representative couldn't understand why the refund had not been processed and promised I would see it in 5 business days. That was a month ago, and still no refund. If you Google "Apria billing problems" or "Apria Medicare fraud" you will get so many hits that it is obvious that it this is normal operating practice. Avoid them!
LITTLETON, COLORADO -- Apria over a year ago said they would get me a new Cpap mask, and even a new machine, but now I have had to contact them for a mask. I have talked to three people giving same information and then today a person calls whom I can not understand and even asking her slow down, be clear, there is no change. Again, I am asking, "Can you get me the mask after a year and I get more talk including more things I can buy." My question is, "Can you get the mask promised last year." More and more words wanting repeats of information given until in frustration I hung up.
Tomorrow I am contacting my doctor and my insurance company to see what I can do to flee this horrible Apria system. Last year I had to beg my way into an inspection of my malfunctioning machine and a new mask, but after efforts did see someone. Each attempt to do business with the company gets worst. My advice is run from Apria.
NATIONWIDE, TEXAS -- I needed a CPAP machine and am covered by a Humana Obamacare plan. As I had met my maximum out of pocket for the year, Humana should pay 100% of allowed claims. Unfortunately Humana have an exclusive contract with Apria Healthcare: when I went to get the machine they refused to give it to me unless I gave them a credit card number. They told me that this would not be charged as it was only to make sure that I would return the machine at the end of the rental period. Liars!
Although I was reluctant to give them my card, there was no way I could get the machine I needed without, as Humana will not allow me to go elsewhere. Suddenly I get overdrawn warnings from my bank (and a stack of $27.50 charges) although there should have been around $250 left in it. Without any warning, and without sending any bill to me, Apria just decided to charge my card for $249. That was on December 12th, leaving me without any money to buy food, gas, or other essentials, until January 3rd.
On contacting them they refuse to refund it, claiming that there was a balance due on the amount paid by Humana, without explaining why or sending me a bill. In fact to contact Apria Billing about the matter you have to enter a number from the bill (the one they never sent me)!
JOPLIN, MISSOURI -- It is now Dec 14, 2015, I first contacted Apria about getting a replacement cPap Machine around Oct 13, 2015. I was told they would contact my insurance for eligibility for a new cPap. I went back to the local office near the end of October to check on the status. I was told I need a prescription from my Dr. I went and got the prescription and hand delivered it to the office. I next went into the office around Nov 12th and was told they needed me to see my Dr and he needed to send in a letter requesting the cPap. I see my Dr and the paperwork gets sent to Apria.
Nov 24th I was told the prescription had to be dated on or after the Dr visit. Done. Today I call and am told the Dr did not word his letter exactly like they needed (btw they sent the Dr.'s office what they needed, and I was told after they got the letter that is was what they needed).
After 5 contacts with Apria, they don't even know if they will have me a cPap before the end of the year. I am glad my life does not require a new machine immediately. I sincerely hope they get other life-critical medical supplies out in a timely manner. I am checking with my insurance for another in-network supplier.
UPDATE just got off the phone with Apria, they are going to see what they can do to get this resolved. I wished him luck.
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO -- My experience with Apria has been a nightmare. 1) Hold times on phone 35-60 minutes. 2) Doctor had to send order for Oxygen 3x. 3) Billing practices: They continue to bill for months when they have already been paid by Insurance. Even after numerous calls to them, Apria threatened me with a collection agency. Apria's local office faxed proof of insurance payment for last 9 months to the appropriate dept. Apria continued to bill and I continued to call for an explanation. Finally an agent told me to ignore the bills until they got it straightened out. So I did.
After a few months and hours on the phone with them, Apria sent a corrected bill for $43+ which is my deductible. Unfortunately I was out of state when the bill came. About a week later someone named Leonard called from Apria saying that my bill was seriously delinquent, and that if I didn't pay it immediately, I would be turned over to collections. I sent them a check and as soon as I return home, I will get a new company. Apria made my life miserable and wasted hours of my time.
VAN NUYS, CALIFORNIA -- ZERO stars!! This company is, by far and away, the most unprofessional and despicable medical equipment company on the face of the Earth. BBB must shut them down. I will be writing to the Board of Health, BBB, and am starting a go fund to bring a class action lawsuit against this outfit.
Parent company Blackstone Group and CEO Mr Starck, if you read this, understand that the people who run this company are of the lowest tier of human scum and will ultimately be your demise. If your insurance ever refers you to these bunch of degenerates, RUN!! Yell complain scream - Do whatever possible to ask for a different referral. Anything to avoid these thieving bast@rd$!! Poor quality equipment - used and unsanitary. Ghetto location - ghetto customer service.
Beware!! I swear on everything holy, this is the worst experience I have had in my life. I'm not the only one. Do your research. Stay away!! I found a roach in my crap and was told they forgot they placed a used machine in a new case!!
SARASOTA, FLORIDA -- All I called for was to request an invoice because I had lost the original and I needed to send one to my insurance company. What I got was 30 minutes on the phone with 3 transfers (4 total contacts) and the last one claimed she couldn't hear me and hung up.
I started providing negative feedback the second time they asked my permission to transfer me to the department that could help me. They took the time to type in my negative feedback before making that transfer and from that point on, I was sure I was being hot-potato'd after long holds between. Oh what fun they were having with me!
Before moving to Florida, I worked in Iowa with a local hospital-owned medical supply store. My new PCP in Florida recommended Apria for my CPAP supplies. After this experience, I will seek out something more local. There seem to be lots of choices here.