Committees 2017-10-09T14:54:23+00:00

Committees

The AASM relies on the volunteer efforts of several committees to move forward the mission of the organization. Below is listing of the committees with their mandates and goals for 2017/2018. Find more information about volunteering for a committee.

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

Mandate: The Accreditation Committee identifies issues 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 2017/2018:

  1. Develop a plan to educate site visitors and accredited centers about the changes to the accreditation standards.
  2. Assist in the review of accreditation applications submitted to the AASM.
  3. Evaluate the accreditation/reaccreditation process and make recommendations to streamline and simplify the steps taken by sleep facilities.

President: Ilene M. Rosen, MD, MS, Ex officio
Executive Director: Steve Van Hout, Ex officio
Board Liaison: James Rowley, MD
Staff: Melissa Clark and Ray Anthonijsz
Chair: Alexandre Rocha Abreu, MD
Michael Abene, MD
Kimi Clark Rodahaffer, RPSGT, RST, CCSH
Thomas Freedom, MD
Imran Iftikhar, MD
Vikas Jain, MD
Afifa Shamim-Uzzaman, MBBS, MD
Katelyn G Smith, DO

Mandate: The Coding and Compliance Committee evaluates issues 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 2017/2018:

  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 strategies and opportunities for creating new codes for sleep medicine. This should include a review of all AASM clinical practice guidelines and ICSD-3.
  3. Submit a prioritized 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. MACRA, navigating the 3% and 4% hypopnea rule, etc.)
  5. Update and maintain coding and compliance FAQs on AASM website.

President: Ilene M. Rosen, MD, MS, Ex officio
Executive Director: Steve Van Hout, Ex officio
Board Liaison: Kelly Carden, MD
Staff: Sherene Thomas and Michaela Steinbach
Consultant, CPT Alternate Representative: Vikas Jain, MD
Consultant, RUC Advisor: Dennis Hwang, MD
Chair: Fariha Abbasi-Feinberg, MD
Vice Chair: Jeffrey McGovern, MD
Ritwick Agrawal, MD, MS
Terry Brown, DO
Mark Garwood, MD
Pamela Hamilton Stubbs, MD
Camilo Ruiz, DO
Yunpeng Wu, MD

Mandate: The Education Committee proposes and develops educational programs, initiatives and products that meet the educational needs of the AASM membership and their patients. The committee also reviews submissions for the Young Investigator Research Awards and ASMF High School Video Contest.

Goals for 2017/2018:

  1. Update AASM products to ensure they align 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. These resources should provide education that these specialists would need to identify patients who may have sleep disorders.
  3. Implement webinar series developed by quality measures education task force and continue collaboration with the ATS to ensure education and dissemination of sleep quality measures.

President: Ilene M. Rosen, MD, MS, Ex officio
Executive Director: Steve Van Hout, Ex officio
Board Liaison: Kannan Ramar, MD
Staff:Catherine Elliott and Mary Square
Chair: Lourdes Del Rosso, MD
Vice Chair: Tomasz Kuzniar, MD, PhD
Nura Festic, MD
Romy Hoque, MD
Shahrokh Javaheri, MD
K. Nicole Mims, MD
Brian Palen, MD
Sarah Patel, MD
Harish Rao, MD
Bernardo Selim, MD
Andrew Spector, MD
Saiprakash B. Venkateshiah, MD

Mandate: The Health Policy Presidential Committee identifies emerging health policy, payer and legislative priorities and recommends initiatives to the board of directors.

Goals for 2017/2018:

  1. Identify and prioritize reimbursement issues on which the AASM should consider taking a position.
  2. Evaluate current and potential legislative actions that would impact the practice of sleep medicine and develop a legislative strategy for the AASM to pursue.
  3. Develop resources for the highest prioritized reimbursement and legislative initiatives to educate different audiences about the AASM’s positions on those issues.

President: Ilene M. Rosen, MD, MS, Ex officio
Executive Director: Steve Van Hout, Ex officio
Board Liaison: Ilene M. Rosen, MD, MS
Staff:Sherene Thomas and Michaela Steinbach
Chair: Chris Lettieri, MD
Consultant, PAC Chair: David Kuhlmann, MD
Consultant, PAC Vice Chair: Mark Hickey, MD
Jose Chocano, MD
Alexander Boris Gelfer, MD
Rahul Kakkar, MD
Bimpe Omobomi, MD
Emerson Wickwire, PhD

Mandate: The Innovative Fellowship Model Implementation Task Force will provide oversight and monitor the progress of the ACGME Advancing Innovation in Residency Education (AIRE) proposal.

Goals for 2017/2018:

  1. Monitor the progress of the ACGME AIRE proposal.
  2. Adapt resources for the implementation of the ACGME AIRE proposal, as necessary.

President: Ilene M. Rosen, MD, MS, Ex officio
Executive Director: Steve Van Hout, Ex officio
Board Liaison: Ilene M. Rosen, MD, MS
Staff: Larry Epstein, MD and Becky Roberts
Chair: David Plante, MD
Susan Dunning, MD
Vishesh Kapur, MD
Anita Shelgikar, 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 products.

Goals for 2017/2018:

  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. Develop educational content for Part II MOC to ensure there is one self-assessment module for each content area of the sleep medicine certification examination blueprint.
  3. Update existing Part II MOC modules to ensure they align with current standards and guidelines.
  4. Review questions and rationales developed for Part II MOC for educational courses.

President: Ilene M. Rosen, MD, MS, Ex officio
Executive Director: Steve Van Hout, Ex officio
Board Liaison: David Kristo, MD
Staff: Catherine Elliott and Alyssa Ebersole
Chair: John Park, MD
Vice Chair: Alcibiades Rodriguez, MD
Adnan Abbasi, MBBS
Anthony Barber, DO
Craig Canapari, MD
Jocelyn Cheng, MD
Ameet Daftary, MBBS
David S. Goldstein, MD
Bobbi Hopkins, MD
Raghu Kasetty, MD, MBBS
Shalini Manchanda, MD
Snigdhasmrithi Pusalavidyasagar, MBBS
Robert Joseph Thomas, MD
Lynn Marie Trotti, MD, MS

Mandate: The Membership Presidential Committee supports the activities of the AASM Membership Department by providing feedback regarding membership benefits, serving as AASM social media ambassadors, and providing recommendations for the AASM Fellow Member program.

Goals for 2017/2018:

  1. Assist in the review of fellow member applications submitted to the AASM and recommend refinements to the fellow member requirements.
  2. Promote the AASM and its products and resources as a social media ambassador.
  3. Solicit submissions to Montage.
  4. Provide suggestions for refinements and improvements to member benefits and the AASM website.

President: Ilene M. Rosen, MD, MS, Ex officio
Executive Director: Steve Van Hout, Ex officio
Board Liaison: Carol Rosen, MD
Staff: Derek Claussen and Mariam Adeyemo
Chair: Khurshid Khurshid, MD
Carri Kivela, NP
Brandon Peters, MD
Helena Schotland, MD
Denise Sharon, MD, PhD

Mandate: The Occupational Sleep Wellness Presidential Committee engages various occupations and populations who are at risk for sleep deprivation and provides education on the effects of sleep deprivation and fatigue management strategies.

Goals for 2017/2018:

  1. Identify various occupations and populations that are at risk for sleep deprivation.
  2. Develop key messages and takeaways that can be used by the AASM’s public relations campaigns for those target occupations and populations.
  3. Develop educational resources as needed to enhance Welltrinsic’s Corporate Sleep Wellness program.
  4. Monitor regulatory agencies’ actions related to sleep health and safety risks associated with workers in safety sensitive positions who have sleep disorders.

President: Ilene M. Rosen, MD, MS, Ex officio
Executive Director: Steve Van Hout, Ex officio
Board Liaison: Carol Rosen, MD
Staff: Lawrence Epstein, MD and Thomas Heffron
Chair: Indira Gurubhagavatula, MD
Omer Ahmed, MD
Michael Berneking, MD
Jacob Collen, MD
Binal Kancherla, MD
Shannon Sullivan, MD

Mandate: The Payer Policy Review Committee develops recommendations from AASM guidelines for payers to use when establishing policies.

Goals for 2017/2018:

  1. Develop a list of clear, concise and relevant recommendations based off the Diagnostic Testing for OSA and PAP therapy guidelines for payers to use when establishing policies.
  2. Develop a position paper or statement defining high pre-test probability for OSA that can be used by physicians in discussions with payers.
  3. Encourage correct interpretation and adoption by payers.
  4. Create and maintain a public online scoreboard to show committee assessments of which recommendations are followed and which are not by selected insurers according to their published policies at specified time points.

President: Ilene M. Rosen, MD, MS, Ex officio
Executive Director: Steve Van Hout, Ex officio
Board Liaison: Ron Chervin, MD
Staff: Sherene Thomas and Michaela Steinbach
Chair: Neeraj Kaplish, MD
R. Robert Auger, MD
Matt Bianchi, MD, PhD
Lynn D’Andrea, MD
Eliot Friedman, MD
Karin Johnson, MD
Susheel Patil, MD, PhD
Michael Summers, MD
Kunwar Praveen Vohra, MD

Mandate: The mandate of the Scoring Manual Editorial Board is to review and update the AASM Manual for the Scoring of Sleep and Associated Events on an annual basis to ensure it is current with AASM practice parameters, clinical guidelines and policy, and addresses the evolution of technology.

Goals for 2017/2018:

  1. Review the current Scoring Manual and submit recommendations for changes to the January 2018 Board of Directors meeting.
  2. Develop a new FAQ section on the AASM Scoring Manual webpage.

President: Ilene M. Rosen, MD, MS, Ex officio
Executive Director: Steve Van Hout, Ex officio
Board Liaison: R. Nisha Aurora, MD
Staff: Sherene Thomas
Chair: Rich Berry, MD
Claude Albertario, RST, RPSGT
Sue Harding, MD
Robin Lloyd, MD
David Plante, MD
Stuart Quan, MD
Matthew Troester, DO
Brad Vaughn, 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 2017/2018:

  1. Develop an educational track for SLEEP 2018 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 a video on the correct placement of electrodes as outlined in the AASM Scoring Manual.

President: Ilene M. Rosen, MD, MS, Ex officio
Executive Director: Steve Van Hout, Ex officio
Board Liaison: Eric Olson, MD
Staff: Catherine Elliott and Mary Square
Chair: Scott Williams, MD
Sumit Bhargava, MD
Todd Burchard, RST, RPSGT
Michelle Cao, MD
Ronald Chisholm, PhD, RPSGT
Megna Mansukhani, MD
Robert Stansbury, MD

Mandate: The Technology Committee monitors and evaluates emerging and evolving technologies that impact the practice of sleep medicine. This includes both patient-focused technologies 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 2017/2018:

  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.
  4. Develop a position statement on the use of wearable devices and/or apps that monitor sleep.

President: Ilene M. Rosen, MD, MS, Ex officio
Executive Director: Steve Van Hout, Ex officio
Board Liaison: Doug Kirsch, MD
Staff: Steve Van Hout and 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 and ideas for improving sleep medicine training programs and developing resources that are attractive to young physicians in the field.

Goals for 2017/2018:

  1. Review the current structure and training methods for sleep medicine fellowships and recommend changes to make the field attractive to young physicians.
  2. Suggest technologies that the AASM should consider to attract young physicians to the society and field.
  3. Develop resources that will attract young physicians to the AASM and field of sleep medicine.
  4. Develop resources that will help young physicians transition into practice.
  5. Develop a mentorship program for young physicians transitioning into practice.

President: Ilene M. Rosen, MD, MS, Ex officio
Executive Director: Steve Van Hout, Ex officio
Board Liaison: Eric Olson, MD
Staff: Derek Claussen, Becky Roberts and Brittany Bersano
Chair: Reena Mehra, MD
Vice Chair: Megna Mansukhani, MD
Mustafa Bseikri, MD
Swapan Dholakia, MD
Charles Guardia, MD
Chris Hope, MD, MHA, RPSGT
Mediha Ibrahim, MD
Jennifer Marsella, MD
Virginia Skiba, MD
Jessica Vensel Rundo, MD

Mandate:

Facilitate information exchange/access: Website with information, curriculum materials, preparing program information form, competency assessments, FAQs for fellows, facilitate exchange among programs regarding training and accreditation, list serve as a communication portal for preparing program information form, material for competency assessment, teaching materials, fellows job board, research collaboration for mandatory fellow scholarly pursuits. Develop training forums to assist Program Directors: Annual Program Directors Course, boot camp for new Program Directors, training for program coordinators. In 2016, the Council should make a recommendation, including a budget, for one of these events outside of the SLEEP meeting.

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

Advocacy with other entities on behalf of Program Directors to improve sleep fellowship training: ACGME, American Board of Internal Medicine, American Board of Sleep Medicine, American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), and Associated Professional Sleep Societies (APSS). Encourage research for evidence-based education and training. Work with other training programs—Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Neurology, Psychiatry, Pulmonary, etc.—to assist with core sleep education that is not sleep fellowship specific training.

Development and administration of APSS Programs that support fellowship training initiatives to assist Program Directors and training programs: Support/coordinate sleep medicine match, development of funding sources for additional fellow positions.

Develop and distribute materials that assist programs in meeting ACGME requirements: Evaluations tools, curriculum for program requirements, webinars, faculty development courses, match teaching to fellow learning styles, faculty mentoring, and research component for fellowship.

Coordinate development of education materials oriented to sleep fellowship training with other entities:

AASM, SRS, American College of Chest Physicians

Provide career planning and development resources for fellows: Guidance, job board/placement service. Webinar series, forums and symposia for fellows, fellow recognition awards, forum for Program Directors to discuss issues, forum for Program Directors to meet ACGME representation to understand accreditation issues.
President: Ilene M. Rosen, MD, MS, Ex officio
Executive Director: Steve Van Hout, Ex officio
Board Liaison: Raman Malhotra, MD
Staff: Becky Roberts and Britney Heald
Chair: Frank Ralls, MD
Jacob Collen, MD
James Herdegen, MD
Meena Khan, MD
Ian Weir, DO
Kanika Bagai, MD