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Upcoming Live Webinar

The Why's and How's of Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic in the Sleep Center

Thursday, November 5, 2020 | 5:30 - 6:30 PM EST

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact healthcare delivery in sleep centers and has forced reforms and new  best practices to improve our ability to serve our patients safely. The AAST continues to look toward national standards and leaders for guidance on how to best deliver care. We understand that response to the coronavirus depends on location and the rate of transmission in your area. Dr. Seema Khosla, Medical Director of the North Dakota Center for Sleep in Fargo, ND and industry expert contributor will provide a look into how she is managing patient care, break down the ”Why’s” that sleep centers have to respond to and the risks presented by this pandemic, as well as the need to educate our patients on the safety precautions being taken. The AAST is also responding to the "How's" of implementation of a safety plan. Dottie Covey-Elleby, ACHC Corporate Accreditation Surveyor will provide her perspective on best practices for meeting national safety standards.

Please join us for this webinar presentation with time allotted for Q&A to follow. We look forward to your participation on the Why's and How's of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • Demonstrate what we know now about COVID-19 transmission and why aerosolized treatment is a concern
  • Break down the migration strategies and education program rolled out at the North Dakota Center for Sleep in Fargo, ND
  • Review the training and documentation requirements for developing a sleep center safety plan


  • Seema Khosla, MD, FCCP FAASM
    Medical Director of the North Dakota Center for SleepElena K blue dress
    Dr. Khosla is Medical Director of the North Dakota Center for Sleep. She is a fellow of the College of Chest Physicians as well as the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at the University of Kentucky. She completed her fellowship in Pulmonary/Critical Care/Sleep Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia Dr. Khosla has been running a telemedicine outreach program for more than a decade to serve rural areas in North Dakota. She is active within the AASM and has served on numerous AASM committees including the original Telemedicine Task Force. She served as the inaugural chair of the Clinical and Consumer Sleep Technology Committee and she is the current chair for the new AASM Public Awareness Advisory Committee. She also serves as medical advisor for MedBridge Healthcare.

  • Dottie Covey-Elleby, BS, RPSGT
    ACHC Corporate Accreditation SurveyorDottie

Dottie Covey-Elleby is a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT) with 18 years of experience in the sleep industry. She currently is a Corporate Accreditation Surveyor with national accreditor Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) in Cary, North Carolina. In her role at ACHC, she conducts accreditation surveys for Sleep, Home Medical Equipment, Fitter, and Community Retail Pharmacy services. Before joining ACHC, Dottie served in multiple leadership positions with healthcare organizations. Her duties included managing remote personnel for research in U.S. and international drug trials, conducting Quality Assurance site visits overseas, and managing multiple outpatient diagnostic services and physician practices for a not-for-profit regional system of two hospitals with over 550 beds. Dottie also served on the Advisory Board of the Polysomnography Associate Degree Program at Sandhills Community College and later was the Clinical Coordinator for the program. She is a veteran of the United States Air Force. Dottie earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management from the University of Mount Olive in North Carolina.

Continuing Education:

  • 1 AAST CEC after passing a short knowledge assessment


  • Free with AAST Membership
  • $30 for Non-Members

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Mask Impact on PAP Effectiveness

This offering is sponsored by BetterNight


This presentation, held October 29, 2020, reviewed specific criteria that may impact mask selection and effectiveness for CPAP patients as well as highlighted the benefits of 3D technology. A demo of Philips 3D MaskSelector technology was also showcased.


  • Review the benefits of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) for the treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
  • Explain several factors associated with nonadherence to CPAP
  • Discuss specific criteria that may impact mask selection including: patient morphology, medical conditions, psychosocial issues and personal preferences
  • Identify how the technical features of a mask can contribute to compliance
  • Discuss the importance of patient driven design and empowerment for adherence
  • Review the 3D Mask Selector technology


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    Sr. Clinical Marketing Manager
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  • Jeff Murray
    Business Marketing Manager

    Sleep and Respiratory Care, North America

CE Credit

Registrants who attended the webinar will be able to claim 1 AAST CE credit after passing a short knowledge assessment. Attendees will receive notice when the assessment is available within 1-week of the live event.

NOTE: Access to the recording will be available within 1-week of the live presentation.