TrailBlazer to Require AASM Accreditation for Reimbursement
AASM Weekly Update
Thursday, July 29, 2010
TrailBlazer Health Enterprises LLC has updated its polysomnography and sleep studies certification requirements. Effective Jan. 1, 2011, a sleep clinic must have on file evidence that it is fully or provisionally accredited by either the American Academy of Sleep Medicine or the Joint Commission. Facility accreditation is required when the global, professional or technical component is billed by a physician’s office, independent diagnostic testing facility (IDTF) or any other non-hospital-based facility. The revised policy affects Region IV facilities in Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas; as well as Region III facilities in Virginia.
Sleep facilities interested in applying for AASM accreditation have the option of completing and submitting the application entirely online by visiting the AASM website. The online application will allow sleep facilities to begin the application process and save their progress as they collect the necessary information and materials for accreditation. Once your facility is ready to apply, simply submit the application and the AASM Accreditation Department will begin your application review.
Those facilities that prefer to apply with a paper application may still do so through Oct. 1, 2010. This application is also available online. Please contact the AASM Accreditation Department at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.