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Future Reimbursement In Dental Sleep Medicine To Be Based On Diplomacy And Patient Outcomes

 

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The American Sleep and Breathing Academy (ASBA) is an organization dedicated to enriching our members’ knowledge and skill in the treatment of sleep disordered breathing. Our goal is to provide current evidence based information to our members and enable them to provide optimal treatment for their patients. The ASBA offers Certification to its members as a confirmation of their knowledge, skill and experience. While there are multiple levels of Certification within our organization, the primary goal is to show the industry that our diplomates are able to achieve better patient outcomes and a more successful business overall.

It is very important that a dentist needs certification from an accredited academy because dental sleep medicine must be consistent based on outcomes and the literature. If we look into the future of healthcare in the not so distant future, reimbursement will be factored on credentialing and patient outcomes. The ASBA is a unique organization that emphasizes research and outcome monitoring in combination will contribute to the success of our diplomate members.

The ASBA diplomate will show the medical world that they are a master of dental sleep medicine. Insurance carriers require quantifiable information to show patients and referring physicians that their doctors have higher treatment outcomes; in addition if you are already a diplomate in another academy and become a diplomate of the ASBA you are more likely to receive referrals from local physicians as a double diplomate. This includes but is not limited to compliance monitoring and objective outcomes monitoring which will confirm that an ASBA diplomate provides a certified higher standard of care.

As an ASBA member, you have an opportunity to attend the ASBA review course for diplomacy September 23rd and sit for the exam September 24th in Phoenix, AZ. Register here or call 602-478-9713 for more information.

Certification guidelines include:

  • 40 hours of continuing education in Dental Sleep Medicine, in the last 2 years. This year’s Board Review and Annual Meeting can count towards the 40 hours. Proof must be emailed to psv101@icloud.com before sitting for the certification exam.
  • Submit 10 cases that you personally treated successfully with Oral Appliance Therapy.
  • (Each case submission must be submitted and numbered as cases 1-10, with no names. Names must be whited out!)
  • Three must be severe, that were reduced by at least 50%. Three must be moderate that were reduced by at least 50% and have a treated AHI of less than 10. Four can be mild to moderate with a treated AHI of less than 5.
  • The diagnostic and follow up studies must be administered by a 3rd party diagnostic facility using either HST or PSG., and must be emailed to psv101@icloud.com, by January 15, 2017.
  • Pass the 100 question, certification exam, given on September 24, 2016. Categories for the exam:
  • Basic Sleep Medicine, Oral Appliance Therapy, Polysomnography, Portable Monitors, Surgery, Pediatrics, Complications, CPAP, Imaging
Alan Hickey

Alan Hickey

Publisher of Sleep Diagnosis and Therapy Journal the Official publication of the American Sleep and Breathing Academy, the Journal is a clinical and technical publication for dental and medical professionals.

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