Standards for Accreditation
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) developed Standards for Accreditation with the primary purpose of ensuring that the highest quality of care is delivered to patients with sleep disorders. The Standards for Accreditation outline requirements that an entity must adhere to for each accreditation type (Sleep Facility, Independent Sleep Practice, Specialty Practice, DME).
- New applicants or applicants reapplying for accreditation in search of the Standards for Accreditation (Sleep Facility, Independent Sleep Practice, Specialty Practice, DME).
- New applicants evaluating the requirements to obtain accreditation.
- Accredited programs evaluating the requirements to maintain their accreditation
- Accredited programs seeking AASM’s stance on a standard related topic.
Sleep Facility Accreditation Standards
AASM offers accreditation to comprehensive sleep centers that have a clinic, where patient evaluation and management occurs, and a laboratory, where diagnostic testing is administered through in-center sleep testing and home sleep apnea testing (HSAT).
Independent Sleep Practices (ISP) Accreditation Standards
Independent Sleep Practice Accreditation is available to sleep practices that manage patients with all sleep disorders and conduct home sleep apnea testing (HSAT) but do not have a lab for in-center sleep studies. This program replaces the HSAT Stand-alone accreditation that was previously offered to similar practices.
Specialty Practice (Non-Sleep Practice) Accreditation Standards
Specialty Practice accreditation is for non-sleep medical practices that manages its patients by screening for sleep apnea, performing home sleep apnea tests (HSATs) and facilitating treatment and management of sleep apnea through an AASM-accredited sleep facility.
Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Accreditation Standards
Durable Medical Equipment accreditation is available to DME suppliers that provide sleep-related DME to patients. This includes both free-standing suppliers and sleep facilities that provide DME equipment to their patients.