In case you missed it while you were away this summer, here are the top 10 AASM headlines from June through August 2016:
AASM publishes consensus statement for pediatric sleep durations – June 13
In the June issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, the AASM published consensus recommendations for the amount of sleep needed to promote optimal health in children and adolescents between the ages of 4 months and 18 years.
Editorial describes AASM strategies to maximize sleep medicine workforce – June 15
In the June issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, an editorial by AASM Past President Dr. Nathaniel Watson describes how the AASM is addressing concerns related to the present and future supply of sleep medicine physicians.
Download the Sleep Telemedicine Implementation Guide – a FREE resource from AASM – June 23
Now available from the AASM is the Sleep Telemedicine Implementation Guide, a free, downloadable resource that will empower your practice as you learn valuable information to jump start your telemedicine program.
AASM updates Standards for Accreditation and sets 2017 compliance deadline – June 27
By July 1, 2017, all AASM-accredited facilities must show compliance by either completing a reaccreditation application under the updated 2016 standards or submitting a letter of attestation.
Medicare proposes payment rates and policies for 2017 – July 14
The rule recommends 2017 payment rates for evaluation and management services and sleep services that are consistent with rates in 2016.
Senate Finance Committee considers revisions to Stark Law – July 14
The objective of the hearing was to obtain additional feedback on the Stark issue so that the Committee can start developing legislative language in the fall for exceptions to the Stark Law.
AASM and SRS agree to consolidate ownership of the journal SLEEP – July 19
As part of this agreement, AASM members will continue to receive complimentary, online access to SLEEP as a free benefit of membership.
Reports commissioned by AASM describe economic impact of sleep apnea – Aug. 8
AASM members are encouraged to share these resources with payors, employers, policymakers, health care professionals and patients.
AASM publishes quality measure for sleep apnea screening in primary care – Aug. 19
As part of the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project, the AASM and its partners have developed a quality measure that can be used in primary care environments to determine if appropriate risk assessment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is being performed.
AASM accreditation attestation form is now available online – Aug. 25
Now available on the AASM website is the 2016 AASM Standards for Accreditation Attestation, which you can submit to show compliance with the recently updated Standards for Accreditation of sleep facilities and independent sleep practices.