12-18 million Americans with OSA remain untreated. Factors such as the lack of patient awareness and sleep illness screening leave seniors particularly at risk. Untreated OSA can increase seniors’ risk of comorbidities, motor vehicle crashes and work-related accidents and limitations. AASM’s Seniors Sleep Campaign addresses this gap in care by aiming to pass legislation that would standardize OSA screening for all new Medicare enrollees. Join the Campaign to help AASM recruit additional cosponsors for this important legislation.
Stark Law Exemption
The current model of care for Medicare patients with a sleep illness is fragmented as the federal Stark Law prohibits sleep physicians from providing therapeutic DME to Medicare patients for the treatment of OSA. Instead of receiving PAP equipment and personalized treatment support from their physician and medical team, patients have to interact with an outside DME company. This adds an unnecessary layer of complexity to the treatment plan for Medicare patients, who often are overburdened with medical needs and decisions. AASM is advocating for a Stark Law exception that will allow board certified sleep medicine physicians to provide long-term care for Medicare patients with OSA.