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AASM launches congressional sleep caucus

December 3, 2020HME News Staff

DARIEN, Ill. - The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has created a Congressional Sleep Health Caucus to promote healthy sleep and the importance of high-quality, patient-centered care for patients. The caucus is co-chaired by Reps. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., and Rodney Davis, R-Ill. “As we deal with the unique challenges and added stress brought on by the COVID pandemic, the necessity of good, quality sleep is all too clear,” said Lofgren. “Insufficient sleep has been associated...

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Spring forward? No, says AASM

September 3, 2020HME News Staff

DARIEN, Ill. - The American Academy of Sleep Medicine is calling for the elimination of daylight saving time, saying it would improve public health and safety. In a position statement, the AASM supports a switch to permanent standard time, stating it more closely aligns with the daily rhythms of the body's internal clock. The annual “spring forward” to daylight saving time leads to increased risks of car accidents, cardiovascular events and mood disturbances. “Permanent, year-round...

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AASM makes push for student sleep health

August 25, 2020HME News Staff

DARIEN, Ill. - The American Academy of Sleep Medicine will hold its first ever Student Sleep Health Week, Sept. 14-20 to encourage students to get the sleep they need to excel at school this year.In a recent survey by the AASM, 57% of parents with school-age children say they have a child or teen who does not get enough sleep on school nights. Nine out of 10 (94%) say lack of sleep affects their child's mood, performance in school (93%), physical health (92%), mental health (90%) and performance...

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Spring forward may be backward step, says AASM

February 19, 2020Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

DARIEN, Ill. - More than half of Americans (55%) report feeling tired after the spring daylight saving time transition, according to a new study from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.This year's “spring forward” takes place March 8. Other studies show additional negative impacts. One study, published on cell.com, shows that fatal accidents increase by 6%, with the highest risk in the morning, and that locations further west in a time zone are more affected.According to the AASM...

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Study: Screening older adults for OSA could save money

January 21, 2020HME News Staff

DARIEN, Ill. - Older adults with undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea access healthcare more frequently and at a higher cost than those without, according to a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.By reviewing a sample of Medicare claims data, researchers found those with untreated sleep apnea had greater health care utilization and costs across all points of service, including inpatient, outpatient, emergency and prescription medications in the year leading up to their sleep...

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The Netflix effect: Adults give up sleep to binge-watch

November 6, 2019HME News Staff

DARIEN, Ill. - A “whopping” 88% of American adults have lost sleep due to binge-watching a TV show or streaming series, according to the results of a new survey from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.For 18-44 year olds, that number jumps to 95%.Other causes of lost sleep, according to the survey:ˇ      Video games for 72% of adults 18-34 years old; ˇ      Reading for two-thirds of adults, with women the majority (71%); ˇ     ...

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AASM adds video communication to HME toolbox

January 20, 2017Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

CHICAGO - Ensuring compliance with sleep therapy can be time consuming and expensive for HME providers and patients alike. A new telemedicine platform from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine aims to make things easier.The group recently made AASM SleepTM, a proprietary web-based video platform, available to DME providers. It was already available to physicians and sleep labs.“It occurred to us a fair number of the questions and concerns that come up could be addressed over a telemedicine...

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AASM launches platform for HME

January 11, 2017HME News Staff

DARIEN, Ill. - AASM SleepTM, a telemedicine platform for board-certified sleep physicians and accredited sleep centers from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, is now available for the HME industry. AASM SleepTM offers a secure web-based video platform to facilitate live consultations and follow-up visits between DME providers and patients, including equipment set-up and troubleshooting potential problems. “Telemedicine is changing the health care landscape by increasing connectivity between...

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Untreated sleep apnea has economic impact

October 21, 2016Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

The economic burden of undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea is nearly $150 billion dollars, according to a new study from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Those costs include $86.9 billion in lost productivity, $26.2 billion in motor vehicle accidents and $6.5 billion in workplace accidents. Dr. Nathaniel Watson, immediate past president of AASM and a professor of neurology and sleep medicine at the University of Washington, spoke with HME News recently about these “eye-popping”...

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Report: Untreated sleep apnea costs billions

August 17, 2016HME News Staff

DARIEN, Ill. - Undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea costs nearly $150 billion annually in the United States, according a new report commissioned by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.The estimated costs include $86.9 billion in lost productivity, $26.2 billion in motor vehicle accidents and $6.5 billion in workplace accidents, said Frost & Sullivan, which prepared the report.Undiagnosed OSA also costs $30 billion annually in increased healthcare utilization and medication costs related to co-morbidities...

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