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Costly OSA: CDC enlists AASM in raising awareness

September 28, 2021HME News Staff

DARIEN, Ill. – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded a grant to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine for a new awareness program focused on improving recognition of obstructive sleep apnea.  Nearly 30 million American adults have OSA and 80% are undiagnosed, costing the U.S. more than $149 billion annually in increased health care and mental health care costs, lost work productivity and increased accidents, according to a press release.  “Millions...

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AASM launches Student Sleep Health Week

September 8, 2021HME News Staff

DARIEN, Ill. – The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has organized its second annual Student Sleep Health Week, Sept. 12-18, to encourage students, families and teachers to recognize that sleep is essential for health and learning. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, 78% of high school students and 34% of children don’t get sufficient sleep on an average school night, and studies show that the COVID-19 pandemic...

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Seema Khosla

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Sleep app puts ‘patients at the center’

August 27, 2021Tracy Orzel

DARIEN, Ill. – A proposed web-based app called “MySleepVillage” took second place in the American Academy of Sleep Medicine’s first ever Change Agents, a contest designed to generate creative ideas for diagnosing and treating obstructive sleep apnea.  The app aims to streamline patient communication and testing; connect to physicians, insurers and medical equipment companies; and provide options for remote monitoring of CPAP usage. The team behind it estimates that...

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AASM streamlines accreditation process

July 28, 2021HME News Staff

DARIEN, Ill. – The American Academy of Sleep Medicine is launching a new accreditation application type to simplify the accreditation process for multi-site health systems. Sleep medicine practices and facilities that are under the same ownership or legal entity and operate under the same policies and procedures can create an Accreditation Network to streamline and coordinate multiple accredited programs. “It can be complicated to manage multiple accreditations when health care entities...

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Philips recall: Sleep stakeholders run scenarios

June 25, 2021Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine – As sleep stakeholders band together to address the Philips recall, they're grappling not only with equipment shortages, but also risk assessment and who should be at the front of the line for repairs and replacements.  In announcing the recall, Philips advised Bi-Level and CPAP patients to discontinue using affected devices and work with their physicians or HME providers to determine the most appropriate options for continued treatment.   “It should...

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Philips recall: AASM calls for support from CMS, payers

June 24, 2021HME News Staff

DARIEN, Ill. – The American Academy of Sleep Medicine and other professional organizations are making the case to CMS and private payers that the 90-day adherence rule for PAP therapy should be temporarily suspended in the wake of the Philips recall.  “Given that many patients will be affected by the recall, we are requesting support from CMS and private payers to temporarily suspend the 90-day adherence rule to allow patients to have existing equipment repaired or receive new...

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AASM to host second discussion on impact of Philips recall

June 24, 2021HME News Staff

DARIEN, Ill. – The American Academy of Sleep Medicine will host a live panel discussion on Friday about the impact of the Philips PAP device recall notification on vulnerable populations, including pediatric and vent patients.  The discussion, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET, will cover:  Allocation of limited supplies – How to prioritize the medically most needy given the limited supply of home ventilators for patients needing them.  Respiratory therapy in hospitals...

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AHRQ report is ‘call to action’

June 18, 2021Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

DARIEN, Ill. – A recent draft report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality that says studies mostly do not support long-term benefits of CPAP therapy on cardiovascular and other health outcomes has sleep professionals “up in arms,” says Dr. Susheel Patil, chair of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.   “The sleep community is not clear on what the motivation for the report is,” he says. “I think the question becomes whether the AHRQ realizes...

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Survey: Americans mostly unaware of sleep apnea

June 10, 2021HME News Staff

DARIEN, Ill. – Nearly 70% of Americans who sleep with a bed partner report those partners snore while sleeping, according to a 2021 survey by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).   Snoring can be an indicator of obstructive sleep apnea and AASM is asking Americans to consider, “Is it more than a snore?”  “While not everyone who snores has sleep apnea, snoring is a warning sign that should be taken seriously,” said Dr. Kannan Ramar, AASM president....

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AASM launches sleep registry 

May 5, 2021HME News Staff

DARIEN, Ill. – The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has launched a clinical registry for sleep medicine to streamline data collection and reporting. The AASM Sleep Clinical Data Registry (Sleep CDR) will support quality improvement efforts, collection of patient-reported outcomes data and benchmarking. It will also facilitate participation in national quality reporting programs, such as the merit-based Incentive Payment System administered by CMS....

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