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By: Tamara Sellman on February 13th, 2017

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This Week in Sleep Medicine: February 13, 2017

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While You Were Sleeping: What Sleep Technologists Need to Know This Week

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CULTURE WATCH

"The simple truth about how to be likeable… is listening
BETTER HUMANS
February 3, 2017

From the website: “Consider… When was the last time you felt truly listened to and understood? ... What about the reverse — when was the last time you made someone else feel truly listened to?”

Takeaway: Sometimes it's the quiet listening on our part that grants our patients permission to tell us things they never revealed to their doctor during their day visit. 

INDUSTRY WATCH

Do CPAP Masks Contain BPA?” 
THE SLEEP ZONE
February 10, 2017

From the website: “Are you concerned about whether it is in your medical equipment? Maybe you have noticed the plethora of products lining aisles of grocery and department stores that boast of their brand being 'BPA Free.'”

Takeaway: Patients are going to ask; here's some information to help with the answer.

TREND WATCH

Wisconsin Physicians Service changes LCD for polysomnography and other sleep studies” 
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF SLEEP MEDICINE
February 9, 2017

From the website: “The new LCD will specifically impact providers and centers with Medicare Jurisdiction 5, which includes J5 National Part A and Parts A/B for the states of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska, and Medicare Jurisdiction 8, which covers Parts A/B for Indiana and Michigan.”

Takeaway: Not sure if this is a trend, per se, but with forthcoming changes expected in the world of insurance and Medicare/CMS, it's worth noting that some states are updating their LCDs, which might inspire other changes in other states or lead to adjustments in adjacent states, as shown above. Stay tuned.

TECHNOLOGY WATCH

Fusion Custom Mask Integrated Combination Therapy Aims to Bridge the Best of PAP Interfaces, Oral Appliances” 
SLEEP REVIEW
February 7, 2017

From the website: “Oral appliance therapy used together with PAP (positive airway pressure) therapy is one such combination, of which there are two types: 'dual therapy,' which describes when the oral appliance and PAP device are not physically connected; and 'integrated therapy,' in which the PAP interface connects directly to the oral appliance.”

Takeaway: More adventures in the world of combination therapy. For some patients, this may be the treatment that fixes them.

PHARMA WATCH

OTC Sleep Aids Expected to Grow More Quickly Than Prescription Sleep Aids” 
SLEEP REVIEW
February 6, 2017

From the website: “Reasons attributing to the growth of this market include easier availability, low prices, and publicity regarding the side effects of the prescription sleep aids has also steered the patients towards OTC sleep aid.”

Takeaway: Make sure you ask about nonprescription sleep aids when you are updating patient history in the EHR... the MDs need to know about things like ZzzQuil, melatonin, and diphenhydramine usage, too. 

HEALTH LITERACY WATCH

How to navigate the language barrier with patients” 
KEVIN MD
February 10, 2017

From the website: “These rules may seem like common sense, but writing them out or mentally referring to them prevented me from cutting corners when I felt pressed for time on rounds.”

Takeaway: Though written for medical students and doctors, this blog post is a great service to all healthcare providers and might even be a great foundation for setting up training for techs who work in more diverse environments where language barriers are common obstacles.

LEGISLATION WATCH

An attorney asks, 'Do we need a drowsy driving law?"” 
SLEEP JUNKIES
January 19, 2017

From the website: “According to research, one out of five fatal crashes involves a sleep-deprived driver. Is it time for the law to intervene?”

Takeaway: Only Arkansas and New Jersey have any driving laws that are specific to impairment due to drowsiness. That seems rather low; could we, as sleep technologists, play a role in public health awareness for this devastating problem? Yes.


BIO:  Tamara Sellman RPSGT, CCSH curates the sleep health information clearinghouse, SleepyHeadCENTRAL, where she follows sleep health news headlines daily. She is also Web Consultant for the American Sleep Apnea Association, writes MS-related columns for two medical publishers, and contributes as a freelance writer to AAST’s magazine, A2Zzz, and other places.


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