Promoting high quality care in sleep medicine has always been a focus of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), which accredited the first sleep center in 1977 and began developing evidence-based practice standards about 25 years ago. Today more than 2,500 AASM accredited sleep disorders centers across the U.S. are providing exceptional care for people who suffer from a chronic sleep disease. In keeping with its mission of promoting high quality care, the AASM has developed sleep quality measures for assessment and management of common sleep disorders.
The following sleep quality measures were published as a 6 part series in 2015. The first paper describes the rationale, background, and general methods development, while the remaining five papers detail the quality measures. The AASM recommends the use of these measures as part of a quality improvement program that will enhance the ability to improve the quality of care for patients with sleep disorders.
The following adult OSA quality measure set was developed by the AASM and Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement (PCPI) in 2008, and established the first set of measures that were specific to sleep disorders. This measure set was originally available for reporting through the Physician Quality Reporting System, and will continue to be available for reporting in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) starting with the 2017 reporting year.