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.
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.
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA -- My husband was prescribed oxygen for pneumonia in the hospital in Santa Fe. We waited over four overs for the delivery after discharge, the case manager and I both made numerous calls to customer service. They were supposed to deliver oxygen to our home in Charlotte on midnight upon our return from Santa Fe. Of course, they did not even though I had confirmed the delivery by phone en-route. We made several frantic after hour calls to the local and national emergency Numbers only to be told to leave a message and they would call us back in the order our call was received.
Fortunately the nurse who accompanied us was able to leave her concentrator for us to use during the night. Finally, the next morning the dispatcher called and said someone would be right out. Three hours later it was delivered. Two days ago we notified the Local office that it was no longer required. We still have the equipment. The equipment sat at the hotel in Santa Fe for 6 days. We think this a scam to charge Medicare for every day we have the equipment even though it is not required. Do not do business with this company, ever!!!
TACOMA, WASHINGTON -- I have just sent this to Apria customer service: This is our second day of waiting for someone to pick up an oxygen concentrator and oxygen tank that is being returned. We spent yesterday at home waiting for a scheduled pickup and no one came. When my wife called (and waited for 45 minutes on the phone for an answer) she was told that someone had come to the house and no one was home.
The problem is, we cancelled several appointments in order to stay home! Then we were told the equipment would be picked up today between 10 and 2:15. Once again we had to cancel plans to stay home and wait for your driver. It is now 1:30 and no one has shown. My wife just called and was told the driver will not be here before 3!
From the day we started dealing with Apria your customer service has been non-existent. Scheduled times come and go with no contact to the customer. Wait times on the phone stretch out to well over half an hour. You have managed to create a customer service organization that makes Comcast look good.
I feel badly for your employees because I imagine the problem is management and not the people who work day-to-day to make your mission statement something more than the apparent joke that it is. We shall take every opportunity to use social media to inform people of the type of service they can expect from Apria.
FAIRFIELD, CALIFORNIA -- I was just contacted (and recorded) by this business. I was referred to Apria by Sutter Health (in Fairfield). The associate I spoke with was filling an order for a CPAP machine. During the discussion she told me that for Aetna (my insurance provider) Apria has a policy of billing for 11 months after which I will own the unit. I have already met >90% of my personal deductible for the year, so this just pushes more cost onto me as a customer when the rental charges flow into next year.
I declined their kind offer and asked that Sutter Health refer me to another provider. Having reviewed this company online it is hard to imagine why Sutter Health refers patients to Apria, or why Apria can survive based on its merits. The other reviews are terrible.
LOUISVILLE, COLORADO -- On February 3 I called in to Apria to get a replacement mask for my CPAP. It has taken 75 days, more than 30 phone calls, HOURS sitting on hold, and numerous dropped calls; which then meant that I had to call back in, sit in the phone queue and on hold for up to forty minutes, just to talk to someone that would ask me a bunch of security questions, then transfer me to someone that would again ask me the very same security questions. Their "Customer Care" department is a total joke. If you have a choice, go with another vendor for your supplies.
FORT MILL, SOUTH CAROLINA -- For going on 2 months, I have had TERRIBLE trouble trying to resolve the issues for my mom's CPAP machine. They have failed to give me adequate information that I'm needing and all they want to do is to refer me to their website. I HATE that her doctor sent her to this company because it's been a nightmare! DO NOT use this company for CPAP machine.
MINSTER, OHIO -- After waiting for 2 weeks after my doctor faxed my prescription for my CPAP machine to Apria, I finally decided to call them to see what was the holdup. First, I waited on hold for over a half hour just to speak to a person. He told me that they would call me on Monday to set up a time with them to discuss insurance. I waited until the next Thursday and decided to call them back on my own. I once again waited for a half hour to speak to a person. This woman told me that she didn't understand why no one had gotten back with me and she elevated my order status. She said a manager would call me back the next day.
The next day, the manager called me and things seemed to be straightening out. She said there would be a total charge of 29.61 for all the equipment except the mask and that I would pay for the mask when I picked up the machine. She scheduled me to pick up the machine on the following Wednesday and took my banking information to charge the $29.61.
Wednesday I went to the office to pick up the machine and be instructed on how to use it. After the instruction the woman in the office showed me an invoice. The amount on the invoice was less than the $29.61 and she said the ONLY thing I would have to pay for was the mask. I asked her how much the mask would be. She said it would be less than $20. I signed the invoice as she noted the card was already on file so I didn't need to provide it or get a receipt. 2 days later, as I was checking my bank account, there was a charge for $118.98!!! I called back to Apria.
After I talked on the phone for close to an hour, the woman supervisor named **, told me that she was sorry for the mix-up but I had to pay more because they didn't tell me right. Tell me exactly how 2 people told me that I only owed $29 and I got charged $118.98?!?! Something seems very fishy and illegal about this company. I will be talking to my lawyer.
ENDWELL, NEW YORK -- When my mother was alive, she had Apria in Florida and had a terrible experience. I didn't think it could get any worse until today. My family has done business with Apria's Endwell, NY branch for many years. You can no longer call the branch directly. The local number is forwarded to a call center in another state. I waited on hold 3 times for over 45 minutes each time!! When I finally got through, they had my insurance information wrong. I waited on the phone for half an hour while they straightened that out then placed my order and gave the representative my credit card info.
I waited 2 weeks and when I did not get the equipment we ordered, I called again. I had to try several times as I was always stuck on hold for at least half an hour and would sometimes have to hang up. When I finally got through, they said they needed my credit card information again. I had to call back with my credit card info and when I finally got through, I was told that the order had been canceled and couldn't be "back-dated"?? I would have to wait at least 2 more weeks to get my things.
I worked my way up through supervisors and spoke with someone who promised to get back to me immediately. That didn't happen. I spent the day trying to get through again -- finally got someone who would not listen to me. I asked to be transferred to the Endwell branch as I thought I would get better service with them. But the woman in Endwell kept talking over me, too. I hate that. I would start to speak and she would speak over me. I asked her if it was worth losing 3 customers? And she said she couldn't care less. So there you have it. There are other companies out there. I switched in less than an hour.