In late May, the AASM submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on the proposed rule to establish standards for the operation of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), which create incentives for health-care providers to work together to treat an individual Medicare patient across care settings – including doctor’s offices, hospitals, and long-term care facilities.

The AASM strongly urged CMS to amend the proposal to include sleep-focused quality reporting measures, which would be consistent with proposed measures on prevention, care of chronic illness, and treatment of high prevalence conditions. The AASM submitted several sleep-related quality measures for CMS to consider incorporating in the ACO Quality Performance Standards.