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  • Can Ambien Be Linked to Murder?

    I read with some horror an article, Murder: Another Ambien Side Effect?, by John Gever in MedPage Today. Oh my goodness. I was aware of the bizarre behaviors reported with Ambien use: cooking while sleeping, having sex and not remembering... and driving while asleep. Still, I must admit this article shocked ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on May 8, 2014
  • 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 ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on January 9, 2014
  • Reasons PAP Devices Denied as ‘Not Medically Necessary'

    I want to comment on the following that I read online in SleepReview: ''The top two reasons for a positive airway pressure (PAP) device being denied as not medically necessary are as follows: 1) no face-to-face clinical evaluation by the treating physician prior to the sleep test to assess the beneficiary for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) or to ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on December 5, 2013
  • Thankful for Many Things, Including a Sleep Career

    I always spend November being thankful. It is a busy month for me as I find that work is busy, my son's birthday is celebrated -- this year he is 21-- and the holidays gear up. This year I even get to deal with Hanukah in November. It has been a crazy year so I am grateful for so many things -- including the challenges. I ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on November 14, 2013
  • Are You an Apnea Tech or a Sleep Tech?

    Our job is to work with people with multiple disorders and to help educate them about the need for sleep and how sleep apnea affects the body. But are we really only teaching about apnea?  I would tend to say no. Our audience in the lab may be limited but I have learned when teaching about sleep that hygiene, parasomnias and ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on August 22, 2013
  • Sleep Techs Need to Understand How Insurance Works

    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 desk. I have found that the more I understand about our field and the way we are paid, the ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on October 15, 2010
  • Celebrate Sleep Tech Appreciation Week

    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. On it you will see how others have celebrated, activities such as a crossword and word search, a ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on September 30, 2010
  • Working Together to Improve Respiratory and Sleep Medicine

    I have mentioned before that I want to get involved with sleep and respiratory on a larger scale. Well, the opportunity hit me a couple of weeks ago when I was asked to attend the tri-county school board meeting. In attendance were representatives from the two community colleges, the area university, the local hospitals, a community member, ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on June 17, 2010
  • Sleep Studies and Co-morbidities

    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 and depressive disorders. All these patients required a great deal of skill by the ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on April 2, 2010