Continuing Education Information: Professional and Technical Staff Fact Sheet

Applicable Accreditation Standards

The facility director must earn at least 30 credits (averaged 10 credits per year over the past 36 months) of AMA PRA Category 1 CME credit in sleep medicine. Compliance with CME requirements must be documented. See appendix for CME opportunities.

Physicians recently completing a sleep medicine fellowship or initial board certification in sleep medicine will have the CME requirement waived for 36 months from the end date of the program.

Medical staff members must earn at least 30 credits (averaged 10 credits per year over the past 36 months) of AMA PRA Category 1 CME credit in sleep medicine. Compliance with CME requirements must be documented.

Medical staff members who have completed a formal training program within the previous 12 months will have their credit requirements waived. Upon completion of a training program, the applicable continuing education requirement in sleep medicine will be prorated based on the end date of the program. Education sessions conducted at the facility are acceptable for fulfilling this standard provided the session has defined educational objective(s) and attendance is documented by a roster signed by the facility director. See appendix for additional CME opportunities.

All technical staff must participate in at least 30 credits (averaged 10 credits per year over the past 36 months) of sleep-related continuing education credits. This must be documented for each technical staff member. Education sessions conducted at the facility are acceptable for fulfilling this standard provided the session has defined educational objective(s) and attendance is documented by a roster signed by the facility’s facility director.

Each sleep technician and technologist must have valid CPR certification that includes skills training.

Professional Staff Members

Requirements

  • 30 Credits averaged 10 credits per year over the past 36 months of AMA PRA Category 1 CME credit in Sleep Medicine.
  • CME are not prorated based upon date of hire.
  • CME are waived for 36 months from the date of certification for physicians recently completing initial board certification in sleep medicine.
  • CME are waived for those medical staff members who have completed a formal training program within the previous 12 months.

Submit

  • CME documentation/evidence with date of educational session, educational provider, and number of CME earned. CME must be a sleep medicine topic.
  • CME earned from education providers, without sleep titles, will require backup documents listing the CME has been earned in sleep.

Technical Staff Members

Requirements

  • All registered and non-registered sleep technicians are to earn at least 30 credits averaged 10 credits per year over the past 36 months of sleep related continuing education credits.

Submit

  • CEC documentation/evidence with defined date of educational session, educational provider and number of credits earned. CEC must be a sleep related topic.
    • Sleep Facility educational sessions/meetings are acceptable provided a roster with goals, signed by Facility Director, is maintained.

Key Things to Keep In Mind

Professional Staff

  • 30 CME are required for all professional staff members regardless of date of hire.
  • CME must be AMA PRA Category 1 CME earned in sleep medicine (evidence must be documented).
    • Topics that are not earned in sleep medicine, but have relevancy to sleep, do not meet compliance.
    • If uploading medication topics for CME, the medication must be used for sleep disorders.
  • Physicians recently completing a Fellowship will have CME waived for 36 months from the end date of the program.
  • Completion of Board certification in a different medical specialty other than sleep medicine will not have CME waived.
  • Physicians currently in a sleep fellowship program are required to submit evidence of topics in sleep medicine.
  • Educational session conducted at sleep facilities are acceptable provided a roster is maintained defining objectives of the session, time spent and is signed by the Facility Director.
  • Evidence of CME documentation is to be available on site to verify at time of site visit.

Technical Staff

  • CEC must be in sleep related topics.
  • CPR certification does not meet compliance for CEC.
  • The AASM will follow the Facility’s Continuing Education policy for prorating CEC based upon technical staff date of hire.
  • Educational session conducted at sleep facilities are acceptable provided a roster is maintained defining objectives of the session, time spent and is signed by the Facility Director.
  • Evidence of CEC documentation is to be available on site to verify at time of site visit.
  • The A-STEP Introductory course completed through an accredited A-STEP provider is given 1 CEC.
  • The online A-STEP program has a total of 26 modules; each module provides 1 CEC.

CME Opportunities Include:

CEC Opportunities Include: