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Adventures in Sleep

Is Insurance in the Sleep Business?
May 2, 2013 12:12 PM by Amy Reavis
Care Centrix is the company that does the authorizations for sleep studies for Cigna insurance. They recently bought a home sleep company. They now not only get to make the decision on who gets a sleep study, they then order the study, send out either Read More...
Problems with the Push Toward HST
December 29, 2011 10:03 AM by Penny Mehaffey
I've been mulling over the articles I've been reading about the coming changes in reimbursements for sleep testing. I feel like just throwing my hands up and running in circles, screaming, "The sky is falling! The sky is falling!" If I understand correctly Read More...
Tricks for Working with Kids
September 22, 2011 8:06 AM by Penny Mehaffey
Crying and screaming and biting and kicking, oh my, in the sleep lab? It seems we've had a bit of a difficult streak with the youngest of our patients. For some reason these things always seem to run in streaks. Children in the sleep lab demand a totally Read More...
Day or Night, Bad Sleep Is Bad Sleep
September 15, 2011 7:45 AM by Penny Mehaffey
I am the day technologist and as you know that would include in my duties performing the MSLTs. MSLTs like anything else, can become somewhat routine once you've done a few hundred of them. Recently in the lab I had a teenager for MSLT. I always enjoy Read More...
Empower Patients for a Better Night
July 20, 2011 1:05 PM by Amy Reavis
Medical procedures make us feel out of control. In the sleep lab this is truly evident. Most patients are given minimal information about sleep disorders and about what to expect during a sleep study. This will make them feel they have very little control. Read More...
Best Attire for Sleep Techs?
June 23, 2011 9:23 AM by Penny Mehaffey
Thinking this week about work attire. What's appropriate and what's not? I have to say that in my years as a health care provider I have seen some pretty badly dressed staff, including those ladies who wore only white from head to toe. We've come a long Read More...
Personalized Care Improves Outcomes, Grows Business
May 26, 2011 8:51 AM by Amy Reavis
I had an experience getting some prescriptions filled: The technician was working with me to get a discount card to work that I could not use at another pharmacy. It turned out that the other pharmacy just did not know to make a phone call required to Read More...
Why Don't People Listen?
April 21, 2011 9:04 AM by Penny Mehaffey
I've been plagued this month by people who seemingly aren't listening to a word I say. Now admittedly sometimes what I have to say may not be worth hearing ... but that is not always the case. And for the purposes of this blog, we will stick with a sleep Read More...
A Rewarding Responsibility
March 18, 2011 11:46 AM by Amy Wilson
When patient and tech meet for the first time, it can be an uncomfortable situation for both parties. I always take this as a personal challenge. My main goal above all else it to make the patient feel comfortable. If you can develop a relationship and Read More...
Three Cheers for Adapative Titration Machine
March 10, 2011 10:04 AM by Penny Mehaffey
I have to rave about the latest "new thing" I've done. Has anyone used any of the new adaptive titration machines? I am very interested to hear your feedback. If not, you and your patients are in for a real treat. Recently I had a patient who needed this Read More...
The Case of His and Hers: CPAP Therapy
March 3, 2011 8:39 AM by Amy Reavis
I have had a rash of husbands and wives lately. Some couples did the tests at the same time; others figured out their problem only after their mate was treated. From my days doing homecare, I know that the support a husband and wife give each other to Read More...
The Most Interesting Patients
February 3, 2011 9:51 AM by Amy Reavis
I am finding that certain physicians send certain types of patients. I have a great pulmonologist who tends to see geriatric patients, a family practitioner who sees a great deal of fibromyalgia patients, and a general practitioner who sends patients Read More...
Educating Future Sleep Managers
November 8, 2010 4:18 PM by Amy Reavis
The other day I had to work part of a night shift with two of my technicians. We had a patient that may have needed a little extra care, and I felt that another person might help to run the study better. When I got home, I posted on Facebook how impressed Read More...
Sleep Techs Need to Understand How Insurance Works
October 15, 2010 7:22 AM by Amy Reavis
Many sleep technicians don't know how insurance works. They don't understand what insurances cover and which insurances need authorizations before giving equipment or performing tests. To them, this is an issue just for the billing office and the scheduling Read More...
Celebrate Sleep Tech Appreciation Week
September 30, 2010 7:27 AM by Amy Reavis
The best time of the year for teaching sleep is Sleep Tech Appreciation Week, Oct. 4-10. My goal is to inform doctors and the community that walking around tired all the time is not normal. The AAST has a page dedicated to Sleep Tech Appreciation Week. Read More...


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