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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...
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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...
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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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Do We Help Keep People Healthy or Treat Disease?
July 12, 2010 10:06 AM by Amy Reavis
With the increase in unemployment here, we have seen more people refuse studies. Patients don't want to spend money on as many tests and do not have the money for their new higher deductibles. But people are spending more on things to help keep them healthy. Read More...
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Sleep Studies and Co-morbidities
April 2, 2010 7:36 AM by Amy Reavis
The increase in sleep awareness has lead to more PSGs performed on patients with co-morbid conditions. We recently saw a COPD patient having an exacerbation and a patient with a mental disorder and possible seizures as well as several patients with anxiety Read More...
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Bariatric Patients in the Sleep Lab
January 27, 2010 2:05 PM by Amy Reavis
We have several new doctors performing bariatric surgery in our area. As a result, we're seeing an increase in the number of super obese patients in the sleep lab. By and large, this is not a problem. The only real difference in care is they tend to need Read More...
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Sleep Disorders Entering The Mainstream
November 24, 2009 11:12 AM by Amy Reavis
It happened when I was sitting with my son on the couch watching TV. (Something that does not happen often as my son is 17 and I am not cool.) While we were watching Bones, a commercial for Men of a Certain Age came on and I saw what I thought was something Read More...
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Why is he here?
April 29, 2009 12:04 PM by Amy Reavis
I love my patients, but I have to admit there are some patients that make this job more challenging. They are not the patients with severe apnea or the patients who do not believe they have apnea; They are the patients who do not have anything. You know Read More...
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Are you a Sales Person?
November 24, 2008 12:40 PM by Amy Reavis
Have you ever considered that fact that as sleep technicians and respiratory therapist and anyone else who deals with sleep and CPAPs that we are probably the world's greatest salespeople? The biggest part of my job is scheduling, ordering CPAPs,and telling Read More...
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    Setting: Various sleep facilities
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