Specialty Practice Accreditation

Raises the Standard of Care for Cardiology Patients

A quality-of-care solution for cardiologists who regularly encounter patients at high risk for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and patients who may need treatment for OSA prior to, or after a cardiovascular procedure.

Get Started
Learn More

How accreditation works

Accrediting your practice for implementing a structured, multi-disciplinary approach to addressing sleep and heart health demonstrates that you are committed to providing your patients with the highest quality care. The AASM will ensure the accreditation process is as smooth and simple as possible and will work with you every step of the way.

Dedicated Accreditation Support
A dedicated AASM accreditation coordinator will be assigned to you right from the start. Your coordinator will address your questions, facilitate the application process, and be available to resolve any issues throughout your accreditation term.

Seamless Submission Process
The online digital accreditation application will clearly show what needs to be submitted and help move you through each milestone of the accreditation process.

Promote Your Accredited Practice
Once accredited, your practice will be included in the popular “Find a Physician” tool on sleepeducation.org and you’ll have access to a press release template to demonstrate to patients, other providers and payers the quality care you provide.

30 million adults in the U.S. have obstructive sleep apnea.


Of people with treatment-resistant hypertension also have sleep apnea.


Of middle-aged men with severe sleep apnea have an increased risk of developing heart failure.


Of diagnosed patients go untreated.


Higher risk of atrial fibrillation found in people who suffer from sleep apnea.


Of people with high blood pressure have obstructive sleep apnea.


Higher risk of having a stroke for people with severe, untreated sleep apnea.

A Robust and Beneficial Partnership

This multidisciplinary partnership is the best way to expedite patient continuity of care and demonstrate to both patients and payers that the highest quality care is delivered in the pursuit of both heart health and sleep health.

Benefits for Cardiologists

  • The connection between sleep apnea and heart health, makes AASM specialty practice accreditation the right solution for all cardiology practices dedicated to providing the high-quality patient-centered care.
  • The multidisciplinary approach in partnership with an AASM Accredited Sleep Facility enhances patient confidence and outcomes and improves the continuity and efficiency of patient care.
  • Accreditation validates the practice has met AASM’s rigorous quality standards for patient care differentiating the practice within their local community.
  • Promoting cardiology practices earning the Specialty Practice Accreditation are featured through the AASM and its affiliated websites including SleepEducation.com

Benefits for Sleep Facilities     

  • Ensures that sleep facilities and board-certified sleep specialists are at the center of managing patients with sleep disorders.
  • Demonstrates the desire to improve collaboration between other health care partners for the benefit of improved sleep care access and patient health.
  • Collaboration between other health care partners will increase referrals to the sleep facility for in-center testing and to board-certified sleep specialists for management of sleep disorders resulting in higher patient volume and increased service reimbursements.

40-80% of patients with cardiovascular disease are more likely to have comorbid obstructive sleep apnea.


“People who have severe, untreated obstructive sleep apnea have a much higher risk of cardiovascular disease. By encouraging cardiologists to screen and test for sleep apnea, we can work together to reduce the burden of undiagnosed sleep apnea while enhancing both sleep health and heart health.”

Raman Malhotra, MD  |  AASM President 2022

One Time Initial Accreditation Application Fee


* Newly accredited practices receive one year of complimentary facility membership.
  • 5 Year Term (or $900/year)
  • Add additional accredited location(s) at a lower rate of $500/each

Submit Your Application

This multidisciplinary partnership is the best way to expedite patient continuity of care and demonstrate to both patients and payers that the highest quality care is delivered in the pursuit of both heart health and sleep health.

Get Started

Learn More

Learn more about how AASM’s specialty practice accreditation can add value to your site and enhance your patient’s treatment by calling (630) 737-9700 or fill out our contact form and a friendly representative will reach out to you.

Specialty Practice Accreditation


Specialty Practice FAQs

A Specialty Practice is a non-sleep medical practice (e.g., cardiology practice) that screens patients for sleep apnea, performs HSAT and facilitates treatment and management of sleep apnea to an AASM-accredited sleep facility.

Currently, cardiology practices that screen patients for sleep apnea, perform HSAT and facilitate treatment and management of sleep apnea in collaboration with an AASM-accredited sleep facility are eligible for Specialty Practice Accreditation. Sleep practices and IDTFs/ entities that solely test patients are not eligible.

Specialty Practice Accreditation is $4500 for a new application or an entity that is reaccrediting and has active facility membership. The reaccreditation fee for non-members is $7200.  The Specialty Practice Accreditation fee is limited to a single practice/clinic location. Additional clinic locations of the same specialty practice may be added for an additional $500 each.

The standards require a single Medical Director who is a designated physician licensed in the state where the Specialty Practice is located.

Medical staff members may include physicians, licensed psychologists, APRN, and physician assistants that hold a valid, unrestricted state license in the state where patients are evaluated, diagnosed, or treated. All medical staff members that utilize HSAT must be appropriately trained in the indications for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and HSAT.

Technical staff members must maintain appropriately trained, supervised, and, where required by law, licensed personnel. Technical staff must be trained on the proper use of HSAT devices including device operations, application of sensors, use, maintenance, warnings and safety; instruction of patients in the use of HSAT devices; troubleshooting of HSAT problems; and Infection control.

Scoring personnel must be one of the following: RST, RPSGT, CPSGT, respiratory therapists with the sleep disorders specialist certification (either CRT-SDS or RRT-SDS), or medical staff members/PhDs board-certified in sleep medicine.

All medical staff members that utilize HSAT (e.g., screening for OSA, ordering HSAT) must be appropriately trained in the indications for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and HSAT.

An attestation letter is requested for all medical staff members that they are trained in the indications for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and HSAT.

Scoring personnel must each participate in at least 30 credits (averaged 10 credits per year over the past 36 months) of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit or CEC sleep-related educational activities. This must be documented for each scoring personnel member.

Technical staff is any staff member who provides training on proper use of HSAT devices and performs the following duties:

  • Device operations, application of sensors, use, maintenance, warnings and safety;
  • Instruction of patients in the use of HSAT devices;
  • Troubleshooting of HSAT problems; and
  • Infection control.

An attestation letter is requested for all technical staff members indicating they have been trained on the aforementioned duties.

Only licensed physicians who are owners of, or employed by, the Specialty Practice can order HSATs based on the overall assessment of the patient. Prior to ordering HSAT, the patient must be eligible based upon the criteria of the practice’s patient acceptance policy as identified in Standard C-2 Patient Acceptance.

Patients of the Specialty Practice can only be tested. Patients directly referred to the Specialty Practice from another entity cannot be tested.

Per Standard G-2 Sleep Facility Relationship, the Specialty Practice must demonstrate, in writing, an existing relationship with an accessible AASM-accredited sleep facility that will provide full diagnostic sleep testing in a laboratory to Specialty Practice patients when needed and that will provide treatment and follow-up for all Specialty Practice patients who require treatment and/or management for sleep disorders. All treatment and management of identified sleep disorders must be referred to the associated sleep facility.

The Specialty Practice must be able to provide documentation that the patients referred to the AASM-accredited sleep facility are receiving treatment and follow up (i.e., when treatment was initiated, treatment compliance, and ongoing treatment assessments/outcomes).

In-center polysomnography at an AASM-accredited sleep facility must be recommended in cases where adequately performed HSAT does not establish the diagnosis of OSA in patients with a high pre-test probability.

Examples for efficiently gathering data between the Specialty Practice and the AASM-accredited Sleep Facility include utilizing a data collection form at follow-up visits to be a part of the medical record and provided to the Sleep Practice monthly/quarterly. Alternatively, developing a means to access the Accredited Sleep Facility’s EMR to pull data.

All Specialty Practices must maintain appropriate medical records for every sleep patient evaluated and/or tested by the program. Medical records of patients seen by medical staff members must document all interactions with the patient, referring provider or provider’s representative, and insurance company. Medical records must include the referral letter/prescription for HSAT testing, with or without consultation by medical staff members of the Specialty Practice. Prior to testing, all patient medical records must include patient questionnaires or other screening assessment, history and physical, as well as medications record. The record must be reviewed and approved for study by an appropriately licensed medical staff member.

The Specialty Practice must store the raw data from HSATs for a minimum of five years or as required by law if longer.

The data can be retrieved from the AASM-accredited sleep facility or the Specialty Practice. The AASM-accredited lab may use a data collection form at the follow-up visit and include this information as part of the medical record and provide it to the Specialty Practice on a monthly /quarterly basis.