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Review, Review, Review!
March 20, 2014 8:33 AM by Amy Reavis
The one thing I can tell you as I teach is how much reviewing the rules is important. I have recently taught scoring and titration. As I am going through the curriculum it is always helpful to remember that reviewing the rules makes me a stronger technologist. Read More...
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When It's Icy in Georgia
January 30, 2014 11:37 AM by Penny Mehaffey
I'm blogging today about the weather. It is the big story here in the Garden City where I am. The lab closed Tuesday and Wednesday nights due to snow and ice. We had originally planned to remain open for testing but as the weather worsened Tuesday afternoon, Read More...
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Thankful for Our Sleep Techs
October 10, 2013 10:07 AM by Penny Mehaffey
It's official, Sleep Tech Appreciation Week 2013 is here! Yay! I really do enjoy this particular time of the year. I appreciate the opportunity to take some time out to recognize my co-workers for the wonderful job they do. I think it's important that Read More...
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Surprise!
September 5, 2013 9:17 AM by Amy Reavis
The AASM announced what the techs have been saying all along: It is too time consuming to score a study twice, once for the AASM and once for CMS. The AASM changed the hypopnea scoring rules from 4% to 3% desaturation when they came out with the new scoring Read More...
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Home Sleep Testing
August 15, 2013 10:31 AM by Penny Mehaffey
I wanted to pick your collective brains about home sleep testing. Our lab is recently accredited for OOCT testing. The jury is still out for me on some issues. I like the convenience it affords patients, but I don't like being mandated to go that route. Read More...
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The True Problem in Our Sleep Field
June 27, 2013 3:43 PM by Amy Reavis
It is amazing what I keep reading. Sometimes I feel like I am surrounded by Chicken Little saying the sky is falling. All I ever hear anymore is that the field is being taken over by OCST and the insurance companies. Then I get a test asking for the name Read More...
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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...
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Make Staff Meetings More Productive
November 28, 2012 6:11 PM by Amy Reavis
Every month we need to have a staff meeting. I personally hate them, but I know they are necessary--and I've discovered that you can create meaningful staff meetings and help meet your CEU requirements at the same time. If you create a yearly schedule Read More...
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A-fib, Dementia... and Sleep Apnea
October 25, 2012 10:41 AM by Penny Mehaffey
I read an interesting article recently on Medpage about the possible link between Atrial fibrillation and dementia. (Medpage is one of the must reads for me because several members of my A.W.A.K.E group read it daily and email me for comments. They also Read More...
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Time to Review Your Sleep Policies and Procedures
January 5, 2012 7:16 PM by Amy Reavis
Once a year I try to do two things. I review and update our policy and procedure manual to meet the new needs of our facility and I do technician evaluations so if there is any new education that needs to be done I can plan for the education during our Read More...
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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...
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When to Split a Sleep Study
December 8, 2011 9:24 AM by Amy Reavis
This is one of the biggest debates among sleep techs. Should split night studies be performed and when should they be performed? There are those who believe that you should never do a split night study. There are those, usually with a financial stake, Read More...
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A Sleep Tech's View of Stress
November 17, 2011 8:14 AM by Penny Mehaffey
STRESS ... it comes in many ways. This week, for me, it has been around every corner. I had to take a couple of hours off (came in late two days) in order to get in much-needed doctor's appointments. I mean, it's not like physicians will stay open late Read More...
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What Do Sleep Techs Really Want at a Conference?
November 10, 2011 9:07 AM by Amy Reavis
Our inaugural Florida Society of Sleep Technologists meeting was a success. It was truly a learning experience for me and I am appreciative of the patience the attendants had with us as we worked out the kinks. But the best thing that happened during Read More...
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Children with Sleep Issues Can Demonstrate Raucous Behavior
October 20, 2011 8:53 AM by Penny Mehaffey
I've said it before and I'll say it again, fall is my favorite time of year. Thank God it finally seems to be settling in on us, well, at least as fall-like as it gets in Augusta, Ga. Our mean temperature now is between 70-80 degrees which is about 20 Read More...
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