Congratulations to the Virginia Academy of Sleep Medicine (VASM)! On April 21, Governor Bob McDonnell signed House Bill 725 (SB 725) into law, establishing licensure for sleep technologists. The legislation defines polysomnographic technology as: “Polysomnographic technology” means the process of analyzing, scoring, attended monitoring, and recording of physiologic data during sleep and wakefulness to assist in the clinical assessment and diagnosis of sleep/wake disorders and other disorders, syndromes, and dysfunctions that either are sleep related, manifest during sleep, or disrupt normal sleep/wake cycles and activities."
Virginia is now the ninth jurisdiction to provide sleep technologists a specific licensing/certification pathway. Other jurisdictions that have licensure/certification include: California, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Tennessee and Washington D.C.
The AASM and AAST worked closely with the VASM on this important piece of legislation. Members can review the full bill online. Again, congratulations to the VASM on all of their hard work to get this significant legislation passed!