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wbarbosa_HCM300_Final - Home Sleep Testing Wesley Barbosa...

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Home Sleep Testing Wesley Barbosa CSU Global Home sleep testing is a very new way to screen patients for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Up until last year home screening devices were not approved by insurance companies and there was not any reimbursement available. Home sleep testing is becoming an acceptable screening and diagnostic tool for OSA and is now approved by most insurance companies including Medicare and Medicaid. Home sleep testing is a new medical procedure in a relatively
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new field and can be extremely successful in providing quality and affordable care to patients with sleep disorders. By the year 2050 it is projected that the average American will live over 85 years. Americans are living longer and the population is growing. People are in larger numbers and living longer than ever before and they are demanding better care. Home sleep testing is an interesting solution to the problem at hand. There are several different types of home screening devices available on the market today. They are classified into different types from type one through type five. The different types have different levels of monitoring patients during the night. For example the type one device only monitors one aspect of the patients in this case the patients oxygen level, whereas a type five device can monitor up to 32 channels. At this point in time most insurance companies, as well as the AASM, recommend a type three, four, or five monitoring device at a minimum. The most common devices are type three and type four monitoring devices. Types three and type for devices monitor enough physiological data to acquire sufficient information in order to successfully diagnose obstructive sleep apnea. The level five devices will give a much more detailed observation however there are many more leads and is not strongly recommended for unattended use. The cost of ownership of these devices range anywhere from $1000 a year and up to $10,000 a year, with a nightly cost per study of as little as $1.00 per study up to $75.00 per study. Insurance companies reimburse as little as $12.00 per study up to $150 per study. Many insurance companies are beginning to use these new devices as a save time and money. These devices allow patients to have a sleep study done at the home without the inconvenience of going in to a hospital or a sleep lab. These devices also save the patient and the
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insurance company money by providing a service at a greatly reduced cost. Many people would prefer to have a study done at home and be able to sleep in their own bed. While this technology does save time and money it is not extremely accurate and the
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This note was uploaded on 02/05/2012 for the course ART, HCM, 300 taught by Professor Smith during the Spring '11 term at CSU Pueblo.

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