AASM Definition of a Physician Sleep Specialist
American Academy of Sleep Medicine
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine is the organization representing sleep medicine specialists, sleep centers and sleep-related breathing disorder laboratories, patients, and the public. As an independent, recognized medical subspecialty, sleep medicine has come of age, with ACGME-accredited fellowship training programs, ABMS subspecialty certification and a separate healthcare provider taxonomy code from CMS.
With these designations and increasing recognition, the AASM has defined sleep medicine specialists:
"A physician who is a sleep specialist is certified in the subspecialty of sleep medicine and specializes in the clinical assessment, physiologic testing, diagnosis, management and prevention of sleep and circadian rhythm disorders. Sleep specialists treat patients of any age and use multidisciplinary approaches. Disorders managed by sleep specialists include, but are not limited to, sleep related breathing disorders, insomnia, hypersomnia, circadian rhythm sleep disorders, parasomnias and sleep related movement disorders."