Provider Resources: Physician Overview
Physician Information about a Home Sleep Study
Convenient, comfortable and cost effective testing for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is now available in the home! As evidence mounts about the harmful secondary effects of untreated Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), Sound Sleep Health now makes it possible for you to conduct a simple assessment and refer your patients directly for a Home Sleep Test. Many patients will prefer Home Sleep Testing because of the comfort, convenience and substantially lower out-of-pocket expense.
Sound Sleep Health is excited to introduce this new program to complement our comprehensive sleep services and to assist you in better assessing, diagnosing and treating your patients with OSA.
Identifying Appropriate Patients
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) Guidelines for Home Sleep Studies recommend that it be used only in the context of a comprehensive sleep evaluation and for the following patients:
- High pre-test probability of moderate to severe OSA.
- No significant co-morbid medical condition. Examples of co-morbid conditions include moderate-severe pulmonary diseases (cystic fibrosis, pulmonary fibrosis, active asthma, COPD), congestive heart failure and neuromuscular diseases (ALS, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease).
- No co-morbid sleep disorder other than OSA.
- Inability to be studied in a sleep laboratory.
- Monitoring of response to non-CPAP treatments after the diagnosis has already been made
The GASP Questionnaire is a fast and effective screening tool to identify patients at risk of OSA.
Document Your Findings
Assessment for possible OSA should be documented prior to referral for HST and prescription of CPAP. Simply discuss you findings with the patient, check the BMI and neck circumference, check the upper airway for soft tissue abnormalities (such as enlarged tonsils or asymmetry) or nasal obstruction and document your findings in the patient’s chart.
The Testing Process
Upon receipt of your order, SSH contacts the patient and schedules an appointment with one of our sleep technicians to receive complete instructions and a testing device. The patient returns the testing device the next business day and the test data is manually scored by one of our sleep techs.
Study results are reviewed by one of our board-certified sleep physicians who will make recommendations for treatment based on the findings. Reports are easy to follow, and our physicians are available for additional consultations.
For patients that qualify for PAP, our DME technician can work with you and your patient to help ensure optimal care. You’ll be pleased at how easy it is to uncover and treat sleep disorders in your patients, and how well their improved sleep correlates to other areas of their health.
Ordering a Home Sleep Test
1. Evaluate your patients for signs and symptoms of OSA.
- Patient Screener - GASP Questionnaire - This form can be completed in the waiting room or exam room.
2. If the patient is probable for OSA, has no significant co-morbidities, please download and complete our order form.
- SSH Home Sleep Test Order Form
3. Fax the completed Test Order Form to SSH at the number on the bottom of form.