A bill has been introduced in the New Mexico legislature that would require sleep technologists to obtain a license to practice certain polysomnography services related to respiratory care.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) opposes this legislation as it seeks to limit qualified sleep technologists from working within their scope of practice and it will allow respiratory care therapists to control the licensure of sleep technologists.

The AASM sent out a call-to-action asking members in New Mexico to contact their representatives and urge them to vote against this bill. The AASM also sent letters to members of the New Mexico legislature voicing our opposition to this bill.

The AASM will continue to monitor the status of this bill and will work closely with all interested parties to support legislation more favorable to polysomnographic technologists and the field of sleep medicine.

For more information about what you can do to help defeat this bill, contact the AASM Government Affairs Department at (708) 492-0930. Continue to check the AASM Web site for updates.