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Time for a Change in Work Scheduling
November 21, 2012 8:27 AM by Penny Mehaffey
NURSES BURN OUT ON LONG SHIFTS!! Well surprise, surprise, surprise, and to quote one of my favorite malcontent Disney characters, Diego, "I am not surprised, I am so not surprised, I think I am going to die from not surprise!" This article under this Read More...
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In the Middle of Patient And Referral Source Disagreements
June 14, 2012 9:53 AM by Amy Reavis
I received a phone call the other day from a patient who wanted a new CPAP machine. His was 10-years-old and knew he needed a new one. I told him to talk to his primary care doctor. The patient called me back and said that his doctor sent him to a pulmonologist Read More...
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Why CPAP Therapy is Failing
February 1, 2012 11:09 AM by Amy Reavis
There is a huge failure rate for CPAP therapy; some would even say it is as high as 50 percent. That number is being used by insurance companies, home sleep testing companies, and people who do not believe in sleep apnea to prove that we are testing too Read More...
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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...
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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...
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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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Avoid Taking Shortcuts in the Sleep Lab
August 20, 2010 10:22 AM by Amy Reavis
I've been involved in sleep for the past 10 years, and I can tell you that I still measure every patient's head when I do a setup. My setups take between 45 minutes and an hour. I have never really gotten much faster than that. I think it's because I Read More...
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Creating an Environment for a Successful Sleep Study
July 22, 2010 8:41 AM by Amy Reavis
There are many arguments about when a good sleep study starts. But to me, a set up begins the minute we get the patient on the phone for a PSG. Many labs use a receptionist to make the calls to schedule the appointment. However, many of these people are Read More...
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Work-Life Balance Is a Tricky Business
June 29, 2010 1:03 PM by Amy Reavis
Growing up, I was taught you always want to act like you run the business you work for. You want it to be successful, profitable, and have a great reputation. I always have taken that to heart. Yet now as I am getting close to another birthday, I wonder Read More...
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