AASM Accreditation of Sleep Disorders Centers is granted to sleep disorders centers that illustrate compliance with all of the AASM Standards for Accreditation of Sleep Disorders Centers. This process includes completion of an accreditation application and supporting documentation, a site visit and reaccreditation. The entire process of earning accreditation can take about six to nine months to complete.
Centers seeking AASM accreditation must complete an online application that includes a self-assessment checklist to indicate general compliance with all of the AASM Standards for Accreditation of Sleep Disorders Centers. It also requires submission of supporting documentation including a copy of the medical directors's current license, center policies and procedures and quarterly quality assurance reports.
Completed applications are sent to the AASM National Office for review. If the application indicates substantial compliance with the current Standards, the center will be approved for a site visit; in some cases, additional information may be requested prior to site visit scheduling. All site visitors are board-certified sleep specialists and are current or previous medical directors of AASM accredited centers.
Following the site visit, the site visitor submits a report of compliance and non-compliance with the Standards. The AASM Board of Directors is responsible for granting accreditation based on the recommendation of this site visitor and the Accreditation Committee. Accreditation is granted from the date of board approval. To maintain accredited status, centers must apply for reaccreditation as published on the AASM website.
In the event accreditation is denied or revoked, a facility may file an appeal.
Once a center is accredited, it has the opportunity to become a center member of the AASM. Membership includes a variety of promotional and practice management benefits including use of the AASM Accredited Member logo, discounts and significantly reduced reaccreditation fees.
Contact the AASM national office for more information about the accreditation process.