Economic Impact of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) commissioned a global research and consulting firm, Frost & Sullivan, to develop two reports related to the economic impact of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and the experience of adult sleep apnea patients in the United States. An editorial in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine by AASM Past President Dr. Nathaniel Watson described the importance of these papers.

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Hidden Health Crisis Costing America Billions

This report combines a review of medical and economic literature with Frost & Sullivan’s modeling and forecasting to demonstrate the economic impact of undiagnosed and untreated OSA for payors, employers and patients. The report estimates that undiagnosed OSA cost the United States approximately $149.6 billion in 2015.

In an Age of Constant Activity, the Solution to Improving the Nation’s Health May Lie in Helping it Sleep Better

This report is based on a survey of 506 adults currently being treated for OSA in the U.S. The survey results and analysis describe the patient experience in detail and demonstrate the benefits that patients enjoy when obstructive sleep apnea is treated effectively.

Exploring the Economic Benefits of OSA Diagnosis and Treatment

To enhance the dissemination of this information, a companion PowerPoint presentation was also developed.

Undiagnosed Sleep Apnea: A Hidden Health Crisis

This infographic illustrates the hidden health crisis of undiagnosed OSA.