Committees 2018-07-10T14:43:43+00:00

Committees

The AASM relies on the volunteer efforts of several committees to move forward the mission of the organization. Below is a listing of the committees with their mandates and goals for 2018/2019.

In addition to these committees, the AASM has several task forces responsible for the development of clinical practice guidelines. Learn more about these guidelines that are in-development.

Mandate: The Accreditation Committee identifies potential concerns with accreditation standards and recommends courses of action to the board of directors. The committee will recommend to the board of directors’ accreditation status for all forms of accreditation.

Goals for 2018/2019:

  1. Develop resources to educate accredited facilities on understanding and implementing the accreditation standards.
  2. Assist in the review of accreditation applications submitted to the AASM.
  3. Evaluate the accreditation and reaccreditation standards in order to simplify requirements that have limited bearing on the quality of a sleep center.

President: Douglas B. Kirsch, MD, Ex officio
Executive Director: Steve Van Hout, Ex officio
Board Liaison: Raman Malhotra, MD
Staff: Melissa Clark and Ray Anthonijsz
Chair: Alexandre Rocha Abreu, MD
Kimi Clark Rodahaffer, RPSGT, RST, CCSH
Thomas Freedom, MD
Imran Iftikhar, MD
Katelyn G Smith, DO
Branuprakash Kolla, MD
Lowery Thompson, MD
Stephanie Zandieh, MD

Mandate: The Artificial Intelligence in Sleep Medicine subcommittee is responsible for looking at advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) within the sleep medicine field. The subcommittee will provide information that is relevant to our members on how AI will affect them.

Goals for 2018/2019:

  1. Develop a position statement on artificial intelligence within sleep medicine.
  2. Review Inter-scorer Reliability data sharing agreements and provide approval recommendations to the Executive Committee.
  3. Determine methods of sharing Inter-scorer Reliability data with Industry.
  4. Evaluate and provide recommendations on certification programs for machine learning algorithms.

President: Douglas B. Kirsch, MD, Ex officio
Executive Director: Steve Van Hout, Ex officio
Board Liaison: David Kristo, MD
Staff: Luke Roling
Chair/Technology Committee Liaison: Cathy Goldstein, MD
Vice-Chair: M. Brandon Westover, MD, PhD
Susan Redline, MD, MPH
David Kent, MD
Richard Berry, MD

Mandate: The Coding and Compliance Committee evaluates potential concerns related to existing codes in CPT, HCPCS Level II (DME codes), and code evaluations as determined by the Relative Value Scale Update Committee [RUC] and makes recommendations to the board of directors.

Goals for 2018/2019:

  1. Continue to monitor issues related to the sleep medicine family of codes in the HCPCS Level II and at the CPT and RUC levels.
  2. Identify opportunities for creating new codes for sleep medicine. This should include a review of all AASM clinical practice guidelines and ICSD-3.
  3. Prioritize a list of potential new CPT codes for which to develop CPT code proposals.
  4. Develop resources for members to educate them on how to properly comply with various rules and regulations (e.g., Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), navigating the 3% and 4% hypopnea rule).
  5. Update and maintain coding and compliance FAQs on AASM website.
  6. Respond to member inquiries specific to the areas of coding and compliance.
  7. Continue to monitor APMs and revisit and update prior AASM work on APMs.

President: Douglas B. Kirsch, MD, Ex officio
Executive Director: Steve Van Hout, Ex officio
Board Liaison: Eric Olson, MD
Staff: Sherene Thomas
Consultant, CPT Alternate Representative: Vikas Jain, MD
Chair: Fariha Abbasi-Feinberg, MD
Vice Chair: Jeffrey McGovern, MD
Ritwick Agrawal, MD, MS
Terry Brown, DO
Mark Garwood, MD
Bobbi Hopkins, MD
Homer Johnson, MD
Jeremy Weingarten, MD
Asha Singh, MD

Mandate: The Diversity and Inclusion Task Force evaluates how well the AASM does in fostering a welcoming environment for all members. The task force assesses the current AASM membership to identify underrepresented groups, detect any barriers to diversity and inclusion, and recommend strategies for improvement.

Goals for 2018/2019:

  1. Assess the current level of diversity within the AASM membership and among AASM leadership (e.g., Board of Directors, committee chairs, event faculty).
  2. Identify underrepresented groups in the AASM membership and note any barriers that may hinder diversity and inclusion.
  3. Identify any barriers that may deter members in underrepresented groups from serving in leadership roles within the AASM.
  4. Submit a comprehensive report to the Board of Directors summarizing the task force’s findings and recommending strategies to address the identified barriers that prevent a welcoming environment for all members.

President: Douglas B. Kirsch, MD, Ex officio
Executive Director: Steve Van Hout, Ex officio
Board Liaison: Carol Rosen, MD
Staff: Derek Claussen, Mariam Owodele, Jennifer Ver Huel
Chair: Lourdes Del Rosso, MD
Vice Chair: Andrew Spector, MD
Olufunke Afolabi-Brown, MBBS
Cathy Alessi, MD
Kyra Clark, MD
Loretta Colvin, APRN, RN
Patricio Escalante, MD
Fauziya Hassan, MD
Meena Khan, MD
Derek Lam, MD
Edith Mensah-Osman, MD, PhD
Alberto Ramos, MD
Matthew Tucker, PhD, RGSGT
Adrian Velasquez, MD, MPH

Mandate: The Education Committee proposes and develops educational programs, initiatives and products that meet the educational needs of the AASM membership and their patients.

Goals for 2018/2019:

  1. Review all AASM education products to identify any content gaps and update them to ensure alignment with current standards and guidelines.
  2. Develop a series of educational resources for approved sleep medicine partners outlining a model of care for diagnosing and treating sleep disorders.
  3. Review content of enduring AASM on-demand materials to ensure they meet ABIM MOC requirements.
  4. Review submissions for the Young Investigator Research Awards and AASM Foundation High School Video Contest.

President: Douglas B. Kirsch, MD, Ex officio
Executive Director: Steve Van Hout, Ex officio
Board Liaison: Kannan Ramar, MD
Staff: Catherine Elliott, Kathleen Fitzgerald
Chair: Tomasz Kuzniar, MD, PhD
Dennis Auckley, MD
Craig Canapari, MD
Swapan Dholakia, MD
Nura Festic, MD
Romy Hoque, MD
Sogol Javaheri, MD
Alejandra Lastra, MD
Meghna Mansukhani, MD
K. Nicole Mims, MD
Sarah Patel, MD
Harish Rao, MD
Bernardo Selim, MD
Andrew Spector, MD

Mandate: The Innovative Fellowship Model Implementation Presidential Committee will provide oversight and monitor the progress of the ACGME Advancing Innovation in Residency Education (AIRE) proposal and oversee its implementation if approved.

Goals for 2018/2019:

  1. Monitor the progress of the ACGME AIRE proposal.
  2. Adapt resources for the implementation of the ACGME AIRE proposal, as necessary.
  3. Oversee implementation of AIRE proposal if approved by ACGME.

President: Douglas B. Kirsch, MD, Ex officio
Executive Director: Steve Van Hout, Ex officio
Board Liaison: Ilene M. Rosen, MD, MS
Board Liaison: Anita Shelgikar, MD
Staff: Larry Epstein, MD, and Britney Heald
Chair: David Plante, MD
Susan Dunning, MD
Vishesh Kapur, MD
Ian Weir, MD

Mandate: The Lifelong Learning Development Committee develops educational resources related to lifelong learning in the field of sleep medicine, including the sleep medicine in-training examination and maintenance of certification (MOC) products.

Goals for 2018/2019:

  1. Update the sleep medicine in-training examination to ensure that it accurately reflects the content areas of the sleep medicine certification examination and has relevant and correct questions.
  2. Update existing MOC self-assessment exams to ensure they align with current standards and guidelines.
  3. Evaluate question performance in MOC self-assessment exams and replace poorly performing questions to ensure a high-quality learning experience.
  4. Develop references and/or rationale for questions in the AASM item bank where they are currently absent.

President: Douglas B. Kirsch, MD, Ex officio
Executive Director: Steve Van Hout, Ex officio
Board Liaison: David Kristo, MD
Staff: Catherine Elliott, Alyssa Ebersole, Saleemah Lowder
Chair: David S. Goldstein, MD
Vice Chair: Robert Joseph Thomas, MD
Adnan Abbasi, MBBS
Jocelyn Cheng, MD
Gwynne Church, MD
Rachel Darken, MD, PhD
John Harrington, MD
Olabimpe Omobomi, MD
Imran Khawaja, MBBS
Iris Perez, MD
Melanie Pogach, MD
Lynn Marie Trotti, MD, MS
Harneet Walia, MD

Mandate: The Payer Policy Review Committee develops and maintains resources based on AASM publications for payers to use when establishing sleep specific policies.

Goals for 2018/2019:

  1. Develop a list of clear, concise and relevant recommendations based off the Clinical Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Adult Obstructive Sleep Apnea with Positive Airway Pressure for payers to use when establishing policies.
  2. Develop a model template policy for positive airway pressure therapy based upon the clinical practice guideline.
  3. Communicate with payers to encourage correct interpretation and adoption of AASM recommendations.
  4. Create and maintain public online scorecards to show committee assessments of which AASM publications are followed and which are not by selected insurers according to their published policies at specified time points.
  5. Track and review member concerns specific to payer policy issues and respond as necessary.

President: Douglas B. Kirsch, MD, Ex officio
Executive Director: Steve Van Hout, Ex officio
Board Liaison: James Rowley, MD
Staff: Sherene Thomas
Chair: Neeraj Kaplish, MD
Vice Chair: Kunwar Praveen Vohra, MD
Lynn D’Andrea, MD
Peter Gay, MD
Ofer Jacobowitz, MD, PhD
Colleen Lance, MD
Amy Licis, MD
Susheel Patil, MD, PhD
Michael Summers, MD

Mandate: The Public Safety Committee identifies various occupations and populations that are a safety risk due to sleep deprivation and sleep disorders, and it develops strategies to advocate for and promote improved regulatory oversight, employer awareness, and employee and public safety.

Goals for 2018/2019:

  1. Identify and prioritize various occupations and populations that are a safety risk due to sleep deprivation and sleep disorders.
  2. Identify key stakeholders for potential collaboration, including federal agencies, professional societies, trade groups and safety advocates.
  3. Monitor regulatory agencies’ actions related to sleep health and safety and provide them with timely input from the AASM by drafting letters, public comments, editorials and/or position statements.
  4. Collaborate with stakeholders in developing protocols that address sleep and safety.

President: Douglas B. Kirsch, MD, Ex officio
Executive Director: Steve Van Hout, Ex officio
Board Liaison: Carol Rosen, MD
Staff: Thomas Heffron, Luke Roling
Chair: Indira Gurubhagavatula, MD
Omer Ahmed, MD
Michael Berneking, MD
Jacob Collen, MD
Erin Flynn-Evans, PhD, RPSGT
Binal Kancherla, MD
Brandon Peters-Mathews, MD
Muhammad A. Rishi, MD
Shannon Sullivan, MD
Raghu Upender, MD

Mandate: The mandate of the Scoring Manual Editorial Board is to review the AASM Manual for the Scoring of Sleep and Associated Events on an annual basis and recommend necessary updates to ensure it is current with AASM practice parameters, clinical guidelines and policies while addressing the evolution of technology.

Goals for 2018/2019:

  1. Review the current Scoring Manual and submit recommendations for changes to the January 2019 Board of Directors meeting.
  2. Update the FAQ section on the AASM Scoring Manual webpage as needed.
  3. Provide clarification of the scoring rules where possible.

President: Douglas B. Kirsch, MD, Ex officio
Executive Director: Steve Van Hout, Ex officio
Board Liaison: Kelly Carden, MD
Staff: Sherene Thomas
Chair: Rich Berry, MD
Vice Chair: Stuart Quan, MD
Marietta Bibbs, RPSGT, CCSH
Lourdes Del Rosso, MD
Sue Harding, MD
David Plante, MD
Matthew Troester, DO
Brad Vaughn, MD

Mandate:

Facilitate information exchange/access: Develop and facilitate an annual forum for Program Directors at the SLEEP meeting. Manage existing content and develop new content as needed for AASM Choose Sleep website.

Implement strategies to strengthen the quality and increase the number of individuals entering sleep medicine fellowships: Implement strategies from the Strategic Plan/Future of Sleep Medicine plan to strengthen the pipeline.

Administration of Sleep Medicine Match: Support the Match and ensure that all programs adhere to the All-In Policy.

Develop and distribute materials that assist programs in meeting ACGME requirements: Develop evaluation tools and facilitate monthly webinars for sleep medicine fellows. Facilitate three Faculty Development Workshops each year at the SLEEP meeting.

President: Douglas B. Kirsch, MD, Ex officio
Executive Director: Steve Van Hout, Ex officio
Board Liaison: Anita Shelgikar, MD
Staff: Britney Heald
Chair: Ian Weir, DO
Jacob Collen, MD
Kanika Bagai, MD
Glen Greenough, MD
Erik St. Louis, MD

Mandate: The Sleep Technologist and Respiratory Therapist Education Committee recommends and develops educational
content that is critical for sleep technologists and respiratory therapists working in AASM-accredited sleep facilities.

Goals for 2018/2019:

  1. Develop an educational track for SLEEP 2019 for sleep technologists and respiratory therapists working in AASM-accredited
    sleep facilities.
  2. Evaluate the AASM’s current educational resources for sleep technologists and respiratory therapists and recommend
    online educational resources to fill any gaps.
  3. Review the A-STEP educational curriculum to ensure that it is relevant and comprehensive to prepare entry-level sleep
    technologists for employment in an AASM-accredited sleep facility.
  4. Develop resources to help sleep technologists prepare for their registry exams.

President: Douglas B. Kirsch, MD, Ex officio
Executive Director: Steve Van Hout, Ex officio
Board Liaison: Eric Olson, MD
Staff: Catherine Elliott, Kathleen Fitzgerald
Chair: Scott Williams, MD
Sumit Bhargava, MD
Kimberly Bunnells, RRT, RPSGT
Todd Burchard, RST, RPSGT
Michelle Cao, MD
Ronald Chisholm, PhD, RPSGT
Robert Stansbury, MD
Robert Vorona, MD

Mandate: The Technology Committee monitors and evaluates emerging and evolving technologies that impact the practice of sleep medicine, including both patient-focused and practice-focused technologies. This committee is responsible for developing educational resources for members that include best practices for the use of these technologies.

Goals for 2018/2019:

  1. Develop a strategy for continued monitoring and evaluation of emerging and evolving technologies that impact the practice of sleep medicine.
  2. Identify and prioritize these technologies based on how impactful they are to the practice of sleep medicine.
  3. Develop educational resources for members that include best practices for the use of the highest-prioritized technology.

President: Douglas B. Kirsch, MD, Ex officio
Executive Director: Steve Van Hout, Ex officio
Board Liaison: Douglas B. Kirsch, MD
Staff: Luke Roling
Chair: Seema Khosla, MD
Maryann Deak, MD
Dominic Gault, MD
Cathy Goldstein, MD
Dennis Hwang, MD
Younghoon Kwon, MD
Daniel O’Hearn, MD
Sharon Schutte-Rodin, MD
Michael Yurcheshen, MD

Mandate: The Young Physicians Presidential Committee supports the growth of the field of sleep medicine by providing feedback, generating ideas and developing resources that make the field of sleep medicine more attractive to young physicians in the field.

Goals for 2018/2019:

  1. Develop resources that will attract young physicians to the AASM and field of sleep medicine.
  2. Develop resources that will help young physicians transition into practice.
  3. Monitor and assess the performance of the mentorship program and suggest revisions based upon feedback.
  4. Develop a toolkit to educate young physicians on opportunities for involvement within the AASM.

President: Douglas B. Kirsch, MD, Ex officio
Executive Director: Steve Van Hout, Ex officio
Board Liaison: Nisha Aurora, MD
Staff: Derek Claussen, Brittany Bersano
Chair: Reena Mehra, MD
Mustafa Bseikri, MD
Charles Guardia, MD
Chris Hope, MD, MHA, RPSGT
Mediha Ibrahim, MD
Jennifer Marsella, MD
Nik Samtani, MD
Virginia Skiba, MD
Lauren Tobias, MD
Jessica Vensel Rundo, MD