The AASM has submitted comments to the Department of Veterans Affairs in support of a proposed rule that would expand telemedicine access for VA patients (RIN 2900-AQ06-Authority of Health Care Providers to Practice Telehealth).
Citing a longstanding commitment to advancing telemedicine use – best exemplified by the creation of the sleep-specific telemedicine system, AASM SleepTM – the AASM is encouraged by multiple aspects of this proposed regulation, including:
- Establishing center-to-home telemedicine options for patients via a secure mobile app;
- Allowing physicians to practice across state lines to treat VA patients; and
- Maintaining a focus on veterans’ mental health.
Additionally, the AASM’s comments to the VA note the Academy’s commitment to veterans’ health and the links between posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
AASM members are encouraged to Take Action in support of this regulation and other veterans’ sleep policy measures, such as the House resolution (H.Res. 46) that emphasizes the importance of ensuring access to care for veterans with OSA and PTSD.
For further discussion on advocating for veterans’ sleep health, please contact AASM advocacy staff at (630) 737-9700.