The public hearing scheduled for Sept. 21 to discuss a study proposal that addresses the cost of sleep studies has been postponed by the Oklahoma legislature until Oct. 27.
The request for interim study proposal (#16-016) submitted by Rep. Lewis Moore (R-Arcadia) indicates that the scope of the “Study of Sleep Studies” will be, “Innovations in sleep studies that can save the state millions of dollars.” According to the Edmond Sun, Rep. Moore would like lawmakers to determine whether doctors charge too much for sleep studies. In the Sun article, he claimed that in-lab sleep studies can cost from $3,000 to $8,000 per night.
The Public Health hearing, which is open to the public, will be held in the state capitol in Oklahoma City on Thursday, Oct. 27. We encourage our Oklahoma members to attend this important hearing. If you are able to attend, please contact Ted Thurn, AASM Senior Health Policy and Government Affairs Analyst, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (630) 737-9700.
Members who are unable to attend in-person can watch the live webcast of the Public Health hearing on the Oklahoma State Legislature website.
Updated Sept. 20, 2016