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Planning a Sleep Course? Behind the Scenes with Allen Boone

By: Kevin Asp, CRT, RPSGT
March 21st, 2016

Planning a sleep course? Read our Q+A with Allen Boone Allen Boone, an AAST member for 23 years and the current Director-at-Large and board liaison to the AAST Program Committee sat down with us to talk about what it takes to prepare for the biggest sleep technologist event of the year: The AAST Annual Meeting.

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(E-Book Download) HIPAA Compliance in the Sleep Center

By: Kevin Asp, CRT, RPSGT
March 11th, 2016

How should you handle HIPAA compliance in the sleep center? This article was originally published in the Summer 2006 edition of A2Zzz Magazine. To view the original article, sign up to download our free e-book bundle. We also published a similar article that pointed out how to manage infection control issues within the pediatric sleep center.

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What are Respiratory Event Related Arousals (RERAs)?

By: Kevin Asp, CRT, RPSGT
March 10th, 2016

What are Respiratory Event Related arousals? Respiratory Event Related Arousals (RERAs) are occurrences sleep technologists may see during a patient's sleep study.  Apneas and hypopneas can last anywhere from 10 seconds to over 2 minutes depending on the severity of the patient's condition, and it's important to note that RERAs do not meet the criteria to be called an apnea or hypopnea occurrence, however they do cause arousals.

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Join Us At The AAST Spring Course For Robert Turner's Talk on HIPAA and Patient Confidentiality

By: Kevin Asp, CRT, RPSGT
February 29th, 2016

Meet our speaker Robert Turner, RPSGT, RRT, RST Get to know Robert Robert Turner, RST, RPSGT, RRT, a past AAST President and an experienced presenter, will join us in Louisville to give us some perspective on HIPAA requirements and how to protect confidentiality for our sleep center patients.  His presentation will focus on identifying risk factors in the sleep center related to the use and handling of patient information, including electronic data.  You can expect to learn about the HIPAA requirements for protection and appropriate use of electronic data as well as patient identification requirements during this presentation.

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Become an Insurance Coverage Expert! Learn about HSAT Coding, Billing and Policies

By: Kevin Asp, CRT, RPSGT
February 10th, 2016

HSAT coding, billing and policies can be confusing, but not anymore with the AAST's Online Module on Insurance Coverage! For many of us, billing and coding for Home Sleep Apnea Testing (HSAT) can still be a tricky topic.  But the good news is that there are several immensely helpful online resources available to clear up some of the most common questions asked about coding and billing for these sleep testing methods.

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Does Your Insurance Cover Home Sleep Apnea Testing?

By: Kevin Asp, CRT, RPSGT
January 26th, 2016

Don't overlook your insurance benefits  If you find yourself with symptoms of a sleep disorder and your doctor refers you for a sleep study, almost all insurance programs will cover all or most of the cost.  Some plans like Medicare and Medicaid, also cover a home sleep apnea test, a secondary option for determining sleep apnea in patients with high probability. 

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Master Home Sleep Testing Procedures and Policies

By: Kevin Asp, CRT, RPSGT
September 18th, 2015

What are Home Sleep Testing procedures and policies that every technologist should know about? We've written a comprehensive side-by-side analysis on HST vs. PSG methods when it comes to treating obstructive sleep apnea.

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What’s NEW in the AASM Scoring Manual? How do the new rules affect me?

By: Rita Brooks
August 14th, 2015

Home Sleep Apnea Testing (HSAT) scoring rules for adults and sleep staging rules for infants 0 to 2 months post term represent significant changes The newest version (2.2) of the AASM Scoring Manual published on July 1 addresses HSAT for the first time.

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2015 AAST Awards: AAST Leadership Award Winner Shalanda Mitchell

By: Kevin Asp, CRT, RPSGT
June 20th, 2015

Shalanda Mitchell gives the nod to her powerhouse mentors who helped her become an AAST leadership award winner Each year we've recognized individual members for their professional excellence, service and commitment to the association and to the sleep technology profession. They have inspired us with their commitment and passion to educate and innovate our members. Congratulations to this year's winners, and a big thank you to everyone who nominated and voted for them!

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