A reader asks, via email:
Is Somnus Sleep Clinic accredited by JCAHO and AASM? How do these processes work? Must one occur before the other? Is accreditation required for reimbursment?
Somnus Sleep Clinic is accredited by The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). In Mississippi and many other states, AASM accreditation is necessary for a sleep center/lab to receive reimbursement for a sleep study from Blue Cross/Blue Shield plans. In some states, other insurance companies also have this restriction.
I don't know too much about JCAHO accreditation of sleep labs/centers. I believe that in some states (not MS), some insurance companies will reimburse for sleep studies at labs/centers accredited by either the AASM or JCAHO. I believe that JCAHO accreditation is mainly for hospital-based sleep labs/centers.
If any reader has more info about JCAHO accreditation for sleep labs/centers, please leave a comment