Sanpete Valley Hospital’s Sleep Medicine Program Receives National Accreditation

Published on August 08, 2017 at 10:55AM

Mt. Pleasant, Utah, Aug. 3, 2017 – Sanpete Valley Hospital’s sleep medicine services recently received program accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). In addition to ensuring all patients of the high quality of services provided by SVH’s sleep center, this accreditation will allow Medicare patients to receive their sleep services at the hospital, keeping them close to home for care.

With the recent changes to Medicare policies, all sleep labs in the country need to be accredited in order to bill Medicare for their services. To receive accreditation, a sleep center must meet or exceed all standards for professional healthcare as designated by the AASM. These standards address core areas such as personnel, facility and equipment, policies and procedures, data acquisition, patient care, and quality assurance. Additionally, the sleep center’s goals must be clearly stated and include plans for positively affecting the quality of medical care in the community it serves.

“Becoming accredited with the American Academy of Sleep Medicine is a big accomplishment for our hospital,” explains Connie Hatch, SVH sleep center manager, and certified clinical sleep educator. “With a process that can take up to six months to receive accreditation, Sanpete Valley Hospital attained it in eight weeks thanks to a lot of hard work and help from our teams of caregivers including our surgical department, respiratory therapy, quality, and patient account services.”

This is a five-year accreditation that will be ongoing to prove that policies, procedures, and protocols at SVH are consistent with national standards.

“The American Academy of Sleep Medicine congratulates Sanpete Valley Hospital on meeting the high standards required for receiving accreditation as a sleep disorders center,” said Dr. Ilene M. Rosen, AASM president. “Sanpete Valley Hospital’s sleep center is an important resource to the local medical community and will provide academic and scientific value in addition to the highest quality care for patients suffering from sleep disorders.”

SVH’s sleep center offers care for those suffering from a variety of sleep orders including narcolepsy, parasomnia, irregular sleep-wake cycles, restless leg syndrome, and sleep apnea. For more information on their services, call 435.462.4601.