To help sleep centers navigate through the rapidly changing health care landscape, the AASM has adopted an Out of Center Testing Policy Statement that involves a process for designating Approved OCST Suppliers. Through this new initiative, the policy will recognize companies that perform technical functions associated with the provision of out of center sleep testing services and meet AASM accreditation standards, while ensuring that the board certified sleep medicine physician remains at the center of care. If you determine that it is beneficial for your sleep center to contract with an outside OCST supplier, then this program will help you select a company.
Earlier this week, AASM President Sam Fleishman, MD sent out a letter to membership announcing this voluntary program. Members can read the announcement in the Hypnogram Blog. Alongside the announcement, Dr. Fleishman issued a video statement explaining the program. Members with further questions are encouraged to view the FAQs the AASM has developed for the Approved OCST Provider program.