The American Academy of Sleep Medicine Weekly Insider keeps members informed about current AASM initiatives and the latest developments in the field of sleep medicine.

Analysis: Physician Fee Schedule final rule

This AASM analysis of the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule provides highlights for sleep clinicians on changes in payment and RVUs, telehealth and virtual check-in services, remote physiologic monitoring, and other topics.

From AASM President Dr. Kannan Ramar

As we reflect back on a year that we will likely never forget, it is important to remember bright moments that brought out the best in us; that took courage, teamwork, resilience, and adaptability. Let us anticipate a better year in 2021.

Renew your membership for 2021
Membership is open for 2021! Renew now for a chance to win a great prize and maintain access to the resources and education that will equip to you to stay at the forefront of sleep medicine during these challenging times. Renew now

FREE SleepTM Select, discounted Pro

AASM 2021 individual members and accredited facility members can receive complimentary access to SleepTM Select with zero set-up or annual subscription fee. Facility members also can receive 50% off an annual SleepTM Pro subscription.

Virtual SLEEP 2021 abstracts & sessions

Be a part of Virtual SLEEP 2021, the 35th annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies (APSS). Submit a postgraduate course proposal by Monday, Dec. 21. Submit abstracts and other session proposals by Monday, Dec. 28.

Apply for 2021 class of Fellows of the AASM

The AASM now accepts applications for Fellow membership on an annual review schedule. To be considered for the 2021 class of Fellows of the AASM, you need to apply by Jan. 1, 2021. Take the next step to become a Fellow and apply today!

COVID-19 Relief Fund for sleep societies
The AASM is offering a third round of relief funding to state and regional sleep societies impacted financially by the COVID-19 pandemic. Societies that have not yet received funding can apply by Jan. 3 to receive up to $10,000.

Funding for sleep medicine fellowships

Sleep medicine fellowship programs that are at risk of losing funding, previously lost funding, have never been funded, or have a new position can apply by Jan. 4, 2021, for the Sleep Medicine Fellow Funding Award from the AASM Foundation.

Get Virtual SLEEP 2020 on-demand

If you missed Virtual SLEEP 2020 in August, you can now purchase on-demand access to the year’s premier sleep and circadian conference. You’ll receive access until Aug. 1, 2021, giving you plenty of time to enjoy all the presentations.

Kryo merges with Ebb, raises $37M

Kryo, the company behind the ChiliSleep brand of products, including the chiliPAD bed temperature system, has merged  with Ebb Therapeutics, maker of the CoolDrift forehead-cooling device, and has raised $37 million in new funding.

Most read last week: New webcasts explore sleep telemedicine

Visit the new AASM telemedicine video library to view a two-part webcast recorded by the AASM Telemedicine Presidential Committee. The videos will help you navigate the challenges of integrating telemedicine in your sleep practice.

Most read last week: FDA authorizes mask filter PortPatch

The FDA has authorized emergency use of the PortPatch to reduce spread of airborne particulates through exhalation ports, anti-asphyxia valves and carbon dioxide vents on full-face or non-rebreathing CPAP and other ventilation masks.

AASM: Get savings on sleep technologist education products when you purchase A-STEP modules

Save big on AASM products! From now through Dec. 31, 2020, receive 20% off AASM technologist education products when you buy one or more A-STEP Online Self-Study Modules. Purchase the A-STEP Online Self-Study Module bundle and receive both 20% off Technologist Education products and FREE access to the AASM Sleep Technologist Practice Exams. Don’t delay, buy modules today at!

APSS: Coming soon! Nominations for the inaugural APSS DEI Leadership Award
The APSS is proud to announce its new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award, which will recognize an individual who has made significant contributions to the field of sleep medicine and/or sleep and circadian science by increasing diversity in the field, developing targeted educational programs, or working to reduce sleep health disparities. Applications will open Jan. 13.

HHS: Proposes modifications to the HIPAA Privacy Rule

On Dec. 10, the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced proposed changes to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule to support individuals’ engagement in their care, remove barriers to coordinated care, and reduce regulatory burdens on the health care industry.

Holiday hours: AASM national office will be closed Dec. 25

The AASM national office will be closed Friday, Dec. 25, in observance of the Christmas Day holiday. Normal office hours will resume at 9 a.m. EST on Monday, Dec. 28.

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OSA and flu hospitalization

Effects of trazodone vs CBT-I
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Computational fluid, OSA in kids
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Journal Watch

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Effect of CPAP on kidney function

Physician sleep and burnout

Evening types and impulsivity
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School start times and sleep
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Electroacupuncture for insomnia
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Acoustic stimulation to reduce OSA
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Long sleep and CVD risk
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CBT-I effect on hypnotic use
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