What should you know before you seek treatment at a sleep disorders center?
- Is the sleep center accredited? Currently, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) and the Joint Commission are the only organizations with experience, expertise, and programs in place to perform certifications.
- Is the sleep specialist board certified? The American Board of Sleep Medicine (ABSM) and the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) provide comprehensive examinations in clinical polysomnography and sleep disorders medicine.
- Is the sleep center striving to exceed minimum standards? Indicators of a comprehensive center may include: accreditation as a provider of continuing medical education (CME), ongoing clinical and basic research, training opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students, and educational opportunities for the public, patients and other professionals.
Be an informed healthcare consumer. You have the right to quality care in a facility that meets and exceeds certification standards. Read more on why quality is important.