Important Changes in the AASM Scoring Manual
Updates to the AASM Scoring Manual highlights the significant changes made in sleep medicine
Did you know that the newest version (2.2) of the AASM Scoring Manual published on July 1 addresses HSAT for the first time?
And don't forget that all AASM accredited sleep facilities and HSAT programs are required to implement the new rules in Version 2.2 by October 1, 2015.
Here are some new updates you need to keep in mind.
Home Sleep Apnea Testing Scoring Rules
New HSAT terminology and definitions
- Monitoring time (MT) - Total recording time minus periods of artifact and time the patient was awake as determined by actigraphy, body position sensor, respiratory pattern, or patient diary.
- Respiratory event index (REI)-Total number of respiratory events scored × 60 divided by monitoring time (MT).
New recording rules/technical and digital specifications for HSAT
- Device must have FDA approval and a unique identifier
- Must meet criteria for CPT codes 95800, 95801 or 95806
- Ability to record oximetry and heart rate
- Recommended and acceptable airflow and effort sensors
- Ability to determine monitoring time (MT)
- The use of peripheral arterial tonometry (PAT) for HSAT
New respiratory event scoring rules for HSAT
- Based on respiratory effort and/or airflow
- Utilizing peripheral arterial tonometry (PAT) technology
New reporting rules for HSAT
- Specifies what must be reported
The scoring manual addresses infant sleep staging for the first time!
Expanded terminology and definitions for infant sleep staging (age 0 to 2 months post term)
- Stage W (Wakefulness)
- Stage N (NREM) - analogous to the previously used terminology of “quiet sleep”
- Stage R (REM) - analogous to the previously used terminology of “active sleep”
- Stage T (Transitional) - analogous to the previously used terminology of “indeterminate sleep”
And brand new scoring rules for scoring infant sleep!
For more information on the AASM Scoring Manual updates read the Summary of Updates in Version 2.2
What does this mean for me and my sleep center?
- AASM accredited sleep facilities and HSAT programs must implement the new rules by October 1, 2015!
- You need a new manual!
- You need to educate your staff on the new scoring rules!
- You need to update your policies and procedures if you do HSAT and/or perform infant testing!
How can the AAST help me to implement the new scoring rules?
- AAST members can purchase access to the scoring manual at the AASM Member price of $25! (*See detailed purchase information below.)
o Manual is online and accessible via computer, tablet or mobile devices.
- The AAST offers a Scoring Manual Update on HSAT training module with continuing education credit (CEC) that you can use to update your staff!
- The new version of the Technologist’s Guide to Performing Sleep Studies has a brand new section addressing HSAT that you can use to educate your staff!
- Access the free AAST Technical Guideline on Out of Center Sleep Testing (portable monitoring)!
- Utilize the free AAST Out of Center Sleep Testing Core Competency to assess staff learning!
- The AAST Policy & Procedure Manual includes a section on HSAT that may be helpful! Watch for the new stand-alone HSAT Policy & Procedure Manual that is coming soon!
Let us know what we can do to assist you with your educational needs! Want to get the latest AASM Scoring module? Click on the link below:
*AAST Members - Create an AASM Guest Shopper account. You can then purchase the Scoring Manual at the member price. On the purchase screen, a link next to Subscription Type will ask if you are an AAST Member. When you click this link, you will need to verify your AAST membership using your member number. Once verified, the Subscription Type will say AAST Member and the price will reflect member pricing of $25.