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Todd Dills

$100 off apnea test; Motorhead Garage TV at Diamond International

| May 06, 2012

Motorhead Garage TV to feature International dealerships this morning
Diamond Companies, a holding company for International Truck and IC Bus dealerships in Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri and Kansas, will be featured on a special “Big Rig” episode of the Motorhead Garage TV Series on the Fox Sports Network. The episode airs this morning at 11:30 a.m. Eastern and again Monday, May 7, at 4:30 pm Eastern.

Hosts Sam Memmolo and Dave Bowman visited Diamond International of Memphis, taking a tour through the proprietary MaxxForce engine and the shop’s operations, talking with shop staff and customers both. Give it a look this morning.

$100 off apnea home test available through end of May
The more regulators mull over sleep apnea and whether to regulate the condition (the latest, FMCSA’s “apnea trial balloon that went off like the Hindenburg,” as one operator had it, here), the more it is part of the general conversation surrounding health among drivers. Many believe that docs/sleep labs are jumping into driver testing and treatment with both feet, seeing a coming captive audience.

At once, though, some providers are attempting to address the expensive realities of in-lab apnea testing with at-home options and alternative treatments.

One such provider is Aviisha Medical, based in Thousand Oaks, Calif., who’s reached out lately with information on a discounted at-home test that will be available through the end of May with a $100 price cut — for a total $350 — for commercial drivers. It’s part of a promotion in conjunction with National Better Sleep Month, the company says.

“A driver can place an order through our site without a prescription,” says company rep Edahn Small. “Once they place an order, we make a phone call and get their insurance information and check to see if they have a prescription,” which the company will need to fill an order. “Drivers can get a prescription from their own doctor as they normally would,” Small adds.

You’ll need to use the “DriveSafe” promotion code to get the discount, fyi, via this page. Drivers in California can get a free “telemedicine” (video-conference) appointment, too. “The telemedicine appointment is an online appointment with our Sleep Physician, and if needed, our physician can write a prescription for the driver,” Small says. “We also have doctors we work with in Washington, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Nebraska, Iowa, and Texas who can do the telemedicine appointment for $50.”

Again, if desired and/or needed. We’ve heard numerous reports of drivers being told by medical doctors that sleep apnea screening is a requirement written into the regs for certain conditions — not a reality as yet, though if there’s a good chance you have the condition, you’d do well to get it checked out. Thoughts? Keep ’em coming.

  • Don Lanier

    Giving someone 100 dollars off the cost of treatment that they will have to use FOR LIFE is a pittance, If they really were concerned for drivers lets see a FREE test, FREE Screening, because your going to pay a monthly fee the rest of your life as well as purchasing 3500 dollars worth of equipment or renting Specialized equipment with Modems for monitoring for 150.00 to 300 dollars per month.

    No Im not convinced that Truckers have the Issue at all, Many drivers whove done this job for years are conditioned and driving at nite is second nature, Im a night person, Im not sleepy at all at night, mainly because for 35 years Ive worked at night.

    The University of Maryland has released a study saying Americans ARENT sleep deprived and are getting the same amount of sleep as people 40 years ago. Again where is the Crash data and real world data showing were all asleep behind the wheel.

    Google Biphaisic Sleep, and PolyPhaisic Sleep, look it up on WIKIPEDIA…it seems Nasa, The Military, and other orginazations utilize this sleep patterns to maintain readiness, and operate under duress. Do truckers have to maintain readiness, and operate under duress ??? Crazy HOUS Rules and Shippers and Recievers long waits…

    While seeing a Discount offered to drivers is nice, why not offer it free, because IF a driver is sleep deprived then he will be under the care of the sleep doctor for the rest of his/her life and thats quite a return on a 300 dollar test.

  • Donald Byrd

    Hey Don.

    I’m a respiratory therapist who owns a medical supply company that offers cpap therapy. I also have sleep apnea and have used cpap for about 8 years. My company is looking at providing cpap equipment to a few trucking companies. I want to put divers FIRST in every instance and agree with you testing should be free and an option available to all drivers who volunteer or are forced to be tested. Im serious I can help you with lowering cost for testing and ongoing. Please feel free to call me 309.643-2116 for more detail on what I can do for you. I offer this to you or anyone else because it’s the right thing to do. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.