5 Commonly Asked Questions About Getting a SmartVest

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Beginning a new journey on your path to airway clearance can stir up many questions: how much will my therapy cost? Will my insurance cover it? Does this product really work? When can I start feeling relief from my chronic symptoms? 

At Electromed, our team is here to address your concerns, answer your questions, and help you find the support you need to breathe easier and get you back to feeling like your best self again.  

We believe that education is essential in helping you make informed decisions about your health and wellness, which is why we wanted to address some commonly asked questions, so you receive all the facts upfront and can work with your doctor to decide if SmartVest is the right fit for you! 

1) How Much Does the SmartVest Airway Clearance System Cost?

The cost will depend on each individual’s insurance coverage. SmartVest is covered by private insurance, Medicare, state medical assistance, a combination of all three, or the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. In March of 2020, however, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) provided greater flexibility for clinicians to prescribe SmartVest to Medicare beneficiaries. 

Graphic icon of prescription form.Some of the documentation previously required to prescribe a respiratory vest are now temporarily waived. The minimum documentation now required to prescribe SmartVest for Medicare beneficiaries is:

Call our patient care advocate at 800.462.1045 to help you determine coverage.

2) Will My Insurance Cover SmartVest?

As noted above, this will depend on your insurance provider.

  • If you qualify for coverage, you will have a dedicated patient care team member working on your behalf with your insurance provider to help streamline the reimbursement process. 
  • Our mission is to help every patient breathe easier. We do offer financial assistance programs and will work with you to find a plan that best suits your situation. If you need and want a SmartVest, our team is dedicated to helping you get one!

3) Can Electromed Send Information about SmartVest to My Clinician?

The first step to airway clearance is requesting an information packet. Once this arrives at your door, you can bring it to your next doctor’s appointment. Prescription forms are included in the packet, and if you need help talking to your doctor, we’re available by phone or live chat

Schedule a time to chat with our patient care advocate to help answer any questions.

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4) Does SmartVest Really Work? 

SmartVest has helped countless people breathe easier and live better. Here are two success stories from some of our SmartVest users:

“Been using mine for a couple of months or so, and it has made a big difference in how I feel. I started out using it twice a day and now I’m using it once a day or every other day. Such a big difference in how I feel.” – Charles

“I wear it twice a day for 20 minutes each time. It has been a godsend, totally turned my life around. I have said it saved my life as I constantly was in the hospital with lung infections. Now I still do the two treatments daily as ordered by my doctors and haven’t been in the hospital in 7 years!” -Diane

Read more success stories!

Older woman using SmartVest at home5) Will SmartVest Help with Mucus Buildup?

Yes, when used consistently, the SmartVest Airway Clearance System can help you manage bronchiectasis symptoms, including mucus buildup. It works by delivering repeating pulses of air that gently squeeze and release the upper chest wall. The oscillation helps loosen mucus and propel it upwards, where it can be more easily coughed out.

Here’s another great success story from a SmartVest user: 

“I love my SmartVest! Been having mine for about 4 years now. I have chronic asthma, and fluid in the lower lobes of both lungs. This really helps a lot to keep mucus from building up!! Thanks SmartVest!!” -Clara

Do you have a question that isn’t listed here? Schedule a time to chat with our Patient Care Advocate!

Ask a Pulmonologist: How to Talk to Your Doctor

To help you feel more prepared to speak to your doctor, here are two videos featuring Dr. Frederic Seifer, a renowned pulmonologist who has helped diagnose and treat numerous patients living with chronic lung diseases, including bronchiectasis:

 

Talking to your doctor about a disease or treatment he or she isn’t fully aware of sounds intimidating. But if you think you may have bronchiectasis, it’s essential that you get the best treatment to manage your symptoms. This video is filled with the education and encouragement you need to start the right conversation with your clinician. 

It may also help to know that some of our SmartVest users have had to advocate for their health, too, and now they’re enjoying bronchiectasis-symptom relief as a result:“I have 2 pulmonologists. One said he didn’t think it would make a difference. My other pulmonologist was insistent I try it and would help me get it. He did and I am so thankful. I went 2 years and never slept a night through because I was coughing up mucus all during the night. After using the SmartVest for less than 2 weeks I was able to sleep and maybe cough mucus a couple times. Life changer for me.” – Nancy

Support for Your Chronic Lung Condition

When it comes to your health and wellness, it’s important to be your own advocate, but with Electromed, you’re never on your own. We’re here to support you throughout your SmartVest Journey

Ready to try SmartVest? Request a free information packet today to get started. And remember, we’re always here to answer your questions and provide more resources for you and your clinician. 

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