Another Opportunity for Sleep Field Growth
I read an interesting article about how the Affordable Care Act will be covering weight loss coaching as part of the mandatory coverage starting in 2014. The article goes on to talk about the fact that physicians will not be able to do this counseling due to their current work load. They are instead turning to health and wellness coaches to do this counseling.
What might that have to do with being a sleep technologist? A great deal, if you are considering getting your sleep educator credential. Right now health and wellness coaches are not licensed. They generally get their training from online fitness or coaching programs. They may or may not have credentials. With the education we have and the education we have the opportunity to work as part of a team to help people lose weight fits. We know sleep deprivation and sleep disorders contribute to diabetes and other conditions associated with obesity. Sleep education should be part of the weight loss program.
The idea of working as part of a team is going to be essential to the growth of our field. We must understand and react to the fact that the ongoing change in healthcare is going to require multi-disciplinary teams to care for patients as a shortage of workers and an increase in uninsured and underinsured grow. New forms of care, such as group physician visits, wellness education and preventative care such as CPAP therapy for UAR and snoring, are going to grow to help reduce cost of care. We just need to make sure healthcare understands how valuable we are as professionals.