General Accreditation Information
Accreditation for facilities, independent sleep practices and durable medical equipment share the same online application. Before you begin your application, we encourages you to review the Accreditation Process & Policies Document and the below important information regarding recent changes to the AASM Accreditation Application.
AASM Accreditation is a voluntary process for the assessment of sleep programs. By achieving accreditation, a sleep disorders facility, independent sleep practice or Durable Medical Equipment provider demonstrates a commitment to the provision of quality diagnostic services and/or long-term management of sleep patients.
AASM center accreditation reflects a commitment to ensure that sleep disorders patients receive the highest quality of care. In a growing number of states, accreditation is required for reimbursement of many sleep medicine services. More than 2,500 sleep centers have achieved accreditation through the AASM. Since 1977, the AASM has accredited sleep facilities utilizing the AASM Standards for Accreditation of Sleep Disorders Centers. The continued quality of these requirements has made AASM facility accreditation the gold standard by which the medical community and the public evaluate sleep medicine facilities.
AASM Accreditation and Patient Care
AASM Accreditation of Sleep Disorders Centers acts as an indicator to patients and referring physicians that a facility is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care. With more than 30 years as the leader in setting clinical standards in the field, the AASM has earned recognition as the authority in sleep and sleep center recognition. Through regular review and revision of the AASM Standards for Accreditation of Sleep Disorders Centers, the AASM has ensured that these requirements continue to incorporate the latest advances in sleep medicine and meet the needs of patients and referring physicians.
AASM Accreditation and Reimbursement
Recognizing that accreditation leads to improvements in patient care, public and private health insurance providers alike are beginning to require that polysomnographic services be performed at an accredited facility. And as the gold standard in sleep center accreditation, the AASM leads the list of accreditation providers that are accepted by these insurers. The AASM's time-tested commitment to providing comprehensive, relevant and quality standards for practice ensures that AASM facility accreditation will continue to serve as the benchmark for quality accreditation for years to come.
Types of Accreditation
Sleep facility accreditation is offered to comprehensive sleep centers that have a clinic, where patient evaluation and management occurs, and a laboratory, where diagnostic testing is administered through in-center sleep testing and home sleep apnea testing (HSAT).
Independent Sleep Practice Accreditation
In June 2016, the AASM revised the Standards for Accreditation to create a new accreditation category, Independent Sleep Practice Accreditation, which applies to sleep practices that manage patients with all sleep disorders and conduct home sleep apnea testing (HSAT) but do not have a lab for in-center sleep studies. This program replaces the HSAT Stand-alone accreditation that was previously offered to similar practices. Programs can continue to apply for this accreditation under the previous (2014) HSAT standards that applied to the HSAT Stand-alone program through December 31, 2016.
DME suppliers that provide sleep-related DME equipment to patients. This includes both free-standing suppliers and sleep facilities that provide DME equipment to their patients.
Entities that consist of 5 or more sleep facilities that are managed by the same company are eligible for corporate accreditation. Please contact the AASM Accreditation Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or (630) 737-9700 for more information.
Important Changes to the Accreditation Application Process
In June 2016, the AASM revised the Standards for Accreditation
that apply to sleep facilities and independent sleep practices applying for AASM Accreditation. It is important to note two important details when beginning an accreditation/reaccreditation application.
- Choose the correct Accreditation type:
- Sleep Facility Accreditation: sleep centers that have both a clinic and lab and manage patients with all sleep disorders
- Independent Sleep Practice Accreditation: sleep practices that test patients using HSAT and manage patients with all sleep disorders but DO NOT have a lab for in-center testing. (Previously HSAT Stand-Alone accreditation program)
- Choose your preferred Standards version:
- Current (2016) Accreditation Standards: The AASM released revised Standards for Accreditation in June 2016; applications completed under this version of the standards will be reviewed under the recently released 2016 standards.
- Previous (2014) Accreditation Standards: Applicants may choose to accredit under the previous (2014) version of the AASM Standards for Accreditation. Facilities/practices may apply through this version of the standards/application through December 31, 2016*. If the application is not submitted by December 31, 2016, the application will be automatically converted to the current (2016) version of the standards and the facility/practice will be held to the current version of the standards going forward. Facilities/practices that are accredited under the previous (2014) version of the standards must attest to compliance with the current (2016) version of the standards by July 1, 2017.
*This deadline does not supersede a facility’s current accreditation expiration date. The application must be submitted by the facility’s expiration date, regardless of the version of the application that is chosen.