Obstructive sleep apnea is a respiratory disorder that is found in both children and adults. Those who exhibit it, experience either complete or partial collapse of the upper airway during sleep. This makes it hard to breathe and can be very disruptive to a full night’s sleep, in addition to disturbing your bed partner. It’s analogous to breathing through a straw. When you’re awake it is not so difficult as you are aware and you can increase your breathing rate, however at night you do not have this same compensatory mechanism, so it wakes you up. Obstructive sleep apnea most frequently affects older men but can also affect women and children as well.
Obstructive sleep apnea can have a series of negative side effects on day-to-day life, often resulting in lower levels of energy and sleepiness during the day. Those who experience obstructive sleep apnea may also exhibit the following symptoms:
HST’s are recommended if it’s highly likely the patient suffers moderate to severe Sleep Apnea and has no other significant medical issues. Facility-based polysomnography testing is recommended for patients with significant cardiorespiratory disease, potential respiratory muscle weakness due to a neuromuscular condition, awake hypoventilation or suspicion of sleep related hypoventilation, chronic opioid use, history of stroke or severe insomnia.
Patients can test in the comfort of their own bed rather than in an unfamiliar setting, thus allowing for a better snapshot of a typical night of sleep. The HST device is ergonomically designed to be small and lightweight so as not to interfere with sleep. Polysomnography testing is performed in a sleep lab while being observed and requires wearing of cumbersome electrodes on the body.Cost
Home Sleep Testing is only a fraction of the cost of a facility-based polysomnography test. Facility-based polysomnography tests can cost anywhere from $2500-$5000. HST’s cost approximately $199.Convenience
HST Devices are shipped directly to the patient with easy-to-follow instructions and a return shipping container that can be easily dropped off at USPS or UPS facility when the test is complete. HST’s offer quicker access to results than facility-based studies, with results typically available within 48 hours of DMT receiving the device back from the patient.
When utilizing DMT’s home sleep apnea testing service your patients are mailed a test kit the same day, in most cases, allowing them to test immediately once a prescription is received from your office. Once the patient has tested and mailed the test kit back, it is processed, scored and interpreted. The final results are then forwarded to the ordering physician's practice.Results in Days Online Results
Our office provides a complete management of your patient from diagnosis to getting help with treatment. Supplying our office with your preferred Home Medical Equipment (HME) Supplier information, DMT will facilitate the transition to patient therapy and complete management of your patient’s therapy ensuring your office receives vital patient information via PAP therapy downloads & reports from your preferred HME supplier.
By testing, diagnosing and treating your patients that suffer from sleep apnea they will experience a healthier way of life. By sleeping better and reducing other health risks, your patients will be thankful after you have had them tested and entered into therapy.
As a physician, you are open to malpractice and other related legal issues. Our HST program allows you to reduce liability from testing and diagnosing patients that may suffer from sleep apnea eliminating a patient’s risk of falling asleep at the wheel or complications with other health related issues when combined with sleep apnea.
When you manage your patient’s sleep therapy, you will need to see them more often so that you can promote therapy compliance and monitor their Plan of Care. With the increased patient visits, you will turn your twice a year patient into 4 – 6 visits per year thus increasing practice revenue to help deal with reduced reimbursement and increased operating costs.
During your normal patient visit, evaluate them for sleep therapy conditions.
After you have seen your patient, simply prepare a script or sign our referral form.
Fax the script to DMT at, (866)-691-3219