Since 1977, AASM accreditation programs have helped ensure that patients with sleep disorders receive the highest quality of medical care. AASM accreditation has become the gold standard by which the medical community, patients, insurers and the public evaluate sleep medicine providers.
In the field of sleep medicine, it has become commonplace for accredited programs to be associated with one another either under a hospital, large health system or multi-clinic sleep practice. To this end, in July 2021, the AASM introduced the Accreditation Network framework to improve the application experience for accredited programs that share commonalities. In addition, to accommodate the changing state of sleep medicine, technology, and the various practice models that sleep programs may have, the AASM has developed a new component-based model of accreditation.
The introduction of the Accreditation Network framework and the new model of accreditation necessitated an update to the AASM Standards for Accreditation. This new model of accreditation and updated standards demonstrate to all stakeholders that each component of an accreditation type (i.e., lab, home sleep apnea test, clinic, and DME components) meets requirements that equip them to provide high quality, patient-centered care. If implemented, the proposed changes will be applied to all currently accredited entities and future applicants.
Recognizing that the proposed changes represent a significant change to the structure of AASM accreditation programs, the AASM is currently inviting AASM accredited programs and AASM members to comment on the proposed changes to the AASM Standards for Accreditation. The following links contain a summary of the draft changes, the proposed standards in their entirety, along with an overview of the new model of accreditation:
- Summary of Proposed Changes (At-a-Glance Changes)
- Standards for Accreditation
- Overview of New Model of Accreditation
The AASM greatly appreciates your feedback. Please complete this survey to provide comments on the proposed Standards for Accreditation by 6 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022.
Comments also may be submitted via email to email@example.com. If you have questions about the proposed standards, please call the AASM at 630-737-9700 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.