AASM updates accreditation standards for sleep centers
American Academy of Sleep Medicine
Thursday, August 18, 2011
The AASM Standards for Accreditation of Sleep Disorders Centers have been revised and updated to reflect several changes as of August 2011:
- Standard B-8 – Registered Sleep Technologist: This standard now states that registry examinations accepted by the AASM are those that are offered by the American Board of Sleep Medicine (ABSM), the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC), and the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT). The standard still requires that the registered sleep technologist be present at the facility for a minimum of 30 hours per week. However, for sleep centers that are open fewer than 40 hours per week, the standard now states that the registered sleep technologist must be present at the facility 75 percent of the time.
- Standard B-9 – Non-registered Sleep Technologist: This standard also has been updated to reflect the AASM’s acceptance of the registry exams offered by the ABSM, NBRC and BRPT.
- Standard B-11 – Sleep Technician and Technologist Additional Certification: This standard no longer names specific providers of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification. This change allows medical directors to select the local CPR certification program that is most appropriate for their staff.
- Standards F-6, F-7, F-8, and F-9 – Inter-scorer Reliability: These standards now indicate that the requirement is fulfilled by use of the AASM Inter-scorer Reliability program.
The revised AASM Standards for Accreditation of Sleep Disorders Centers are available for download in the Accreditation section of this website. Contact the Accreditation Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 630-737-9700 if you have any questions about AASM accreditation.