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The AASM has compiled general questions on the accreditation process into a FAQ library; offers the Process and Policies, Standards, and other Reference Materials for review; and provides a list of relevant Products and Services to make accreditation easier and more beneficial to you. Many questions about accreditation can be answered by reviewing these helpful resources.
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Contact the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) Accreditation Department for more information about accreditation. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 630-737-9700, and your dedicated accreditation coordinator will assist you with any questions or concerns.
A sleep disorders center may file an appeal with the AASM when its accreditation is denied or revoked. Accreditation may be denied or revoked at any time for causes that include but are not limited to the following:
- Incomplete or inadequate application
- Site visit failure
- Violation of essential standards for accreditation
- Ownership changes
- Action by the AASM board of directors
To file an appeal with the AASM, a sleep disorders center must follow this process:
- The AASM will notify the medical director by mail, return receipt requested, whenever accreditation is denied or revoked.
- The medical director must submit an appeal in writing within 30 days of the date on the letter of denial or revocation with a non-refundable appeal fee of $300.
- The Board of Directors will review, make a decision regarding the appeal and will notify the facility within eight weeks of submission of the appeal. The decision of the Board of Directors is final.
- Any costs that may be related to the appeal are the responsibility of the sleep facility, independent sleep practice or DME provider. These costs may include but are not limited to a revised application review fee or an additional site visit.
Review the Accreditation Process and Policies for complete information regarding the appeal process.
The AASM provides a pathway for patients, competitors, and employees to file complaints that relate directly to the Standards for Accreditation and/or AASM policy against an accredited sleep facility. The AASM does not have investigative authority over licensed physicians, sleep facilities or their employees. The AASM does have the ability to review all complaints and can request information from either a member or the director of an AASM accredited facility related to a complaint filed.
Each complaint will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the AASM. All actions will be determined individually and may include rescindment or revocation of accreditation.
Employees of an accredited sleep center may report violations of AASM standards and policy. Employees who choose to report a legitimate violation should not expect any retaliatory action. If reasonable evidence exists to suggest that a sleep facility has retaliated against a present or former employee, for this reason, the AASM may opt, among other actions, to rescind or revoke current accreditation or deny future accreditation.
Download the Accreditation Complaint Form.