In the field of sleep medicine, it is becoming common place for accreditation programs to be associated with one another either under a hospital, large health system or multi-clinic sleep practice. To improve the accreditation experience for accreditation programs that share commonalities, the AASM is introducing Accreditation Networks.
An Accreditation Network groups sleep programs that may be under the same ownership/legal entity and operate under the same policies and procedures.
Accreditation Network Benefits
Accreditation programs that are a part of the same accreditation network will:
- Have a quicker and easier application process. Applications that are a part of the Accreditation Network will share specific information (e.g., policies, procedures and staff) between applications. This helps reduce duplicative data and ensure a simpler and quicker application experience.
- Share the same accreditation expiration dates. As accreditation programs pursue new or reaccreditation applications, the accreditation term will be adjusted to align with the shared expiration dates of all accreditation programs. Once all accredited programs of the Accreditation Network share aligned expiration dates, an applicant can pursue reaccreditation at the same time for each accredited program for a more efficient accreditation experience.
- Share the same site visit schedules. The AASM will work with the entity to schedule site visits in the most convenient manner possible. This includes aligning site visits to occur at a similar time for all accredited programs as a part of the Accreditation Network.
- Be eligible for discounts on all accreditation applications. Accreditation Networks that have as few as two accredited programs as a part of their Accreditation Network are eligible to participate in volume pricing.
Volume Pricing Eligibility
Volume pricing is available for networks that maintain more than one (1) accreditation program (Sleep Facility, ISP, DME) with the AASM.
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(Applied to Each Accredited Program)
To establish your Accreditation Network, simply login to your AASM profile, then access the “My Organizations” webpage. The “My Organization” webpage gives an overview of all accreditation programs that are a part of your Accreditation Network. To create an Accreditation Network or assign any “unassigned” accredited programs to your Accreditation Network, simply access the “unassigned” programs application. A pop-up feature will appear directing you to either create your Accreditation Network or assign the accredited program (individually or in bulk) to an established Accreditation Network.
Note: Multiple Accreditation Networks can be established under the My Organizations page; however, a sleep program can only be tied to one Accreditation Network.
Accreditation Network FAQs
The date chosen for the shared accreditation terms expiration date is based upon the first program to pursue accreditation/reaccreditation under the Accreditation Network. The following describes how new and reaccrediting programs that are joining an existing accreditation network will receive a prorated accreditation term at the time of application submission to align with the shared accreditation terms expiration dates:
- If a new or reaccrediting program applies for accreditation when the shared accreditation expiration date term is two (2) or less years away, then the new accreditation will initially receive a lengthened term by adding the two (2) years or less to their five-year accreditation term (equaling a seven (7) or less year accreditation term). A reaccreditation application will be required at the time the accreditation network applies for their reaccreditation.
- If a new or reaccrediting program applies for accreditation when the shared accreditation expiration date term is more than two (2) years, then the new accreditation will initially receive a shortened term (anywhere between two (2) to five (5) years) to align with the shared accreditation expiration date. A reaccreditation application will be required at the time the accreditation network applies for their reaccreditation.
Questions can be directed to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) Accreditation Department. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 630-737-9700, and your dedicated accreditation coordinator will assist you with any questions or concerns.