Last week an article by The Washington Post and Kaiser Health News reported on the growth of sleep medicine and the broad availability of insurance coverage for the treatment of sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea.  The article noted that patients with sleep disorders now have access to specialized care from doctors who are trained in sleep medicine and who practice at more than 2,250 AASM-accredited sleep centers.

The article also noted that home sleep tests are a less expensive diagnostic option; however, they’re not the best choice for everyone. “Home sleep testing should be reserved for people that are at high risk for sleep apnea and who don’t have a lot of other illnesses like obesity or heart disease that might alter the sensitivity of the test,” AASM President Dr. Nancy Collop said.