General Accreditation Information
Facilities, independent sleep practices and durable medical equipment suppliers use the same online application to apply for AASM accreditation. We encourage you to review the Accreditation Process & Policies Document before you begin your application.
AASM accreditation is a voluntary process for the assessment of sleep programs. By achieving accreditation, a sleep disorders facility, independent sleep practice or durable medical equipment (DME) provider demonstrates a commitment to the provision of quality diagnostic services and/or long-term management of sleep patients.
AASM accreditation reflects a commitment to ensure that sleep disorders patients receive the highest quality of care. In a growing number of states, accreditation is required for reimbursement of many sleep medicine services. The AASM has accredited sleep centers since 1977, and today there are more than 2,500 AASM-accredited sleep facilities. AASM facility accreditation is the gold standard by which the medical community and the public evaluate sleep medicine facilities.
AASM Accreditation and Patient Care
AASM accreditation acts as an indicator to patients and referring physicians that a facility is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care. With more than 30 years as the leader in setting clinical standards in the field, the AASM has earned recognition as the authority in sleep and sleep center recognition. Through regular review and revision of the AASM Standards for Accreditation, the AASM has ensured that these requirements continue to incorporate the latest advances in sleep medicine and meet the needs of patients and referring physicians.
AASM Accreditation and Reimbursement
Recognizing that accreditation leads to improvements in patient care, public and private health insurance providers often require that sleep services, such as polysomnography, be performed at an accredited facility. The AASM's time-tested commitment to providing comprehensive, relevant and quality standards for practice ensures that AASM facility accreditation will continue to serve as the benchmark for quality accreditation for years to come.
Types of Accreditation
Sleep facility accreditation is offered to comprehensive sleep centers that have a clinic, where patient evaluation and management occurs, and a laboratory, where diagnostic testing is administered through in-center sleep testing and home sleep apnea testing (HSAT). Download Standards for Accreditation.
Independent Sleep Practices
In June 2016, the AASM revised the Standards for Accreditation to create a new accreditation category, Independent Sleep Practice Accreditation, which applies to sleep practices that manage patients with all sleep disorders and conduct home sleep apnea testing (HSAT) but do not have a lab for in-center sleep studies. This program replaces the HSAT Stand-alone accreditation that was previously offered to similar practices. Download Independent Sleep Practice Standards for Accreditation.
DME suppliers that provide sleep-related DME equipment to patients. This includes both free-standing suppliers and sleep facilities that provide DME equipment to their patients. Download DME Supplier Standards for Accreditation.
Entities that consist of 5 or more sleep facilities that are managed by the same company are eligible for corporate accreditation. Please contact the AASM Accreditation Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or (630) 737-9700 for more information.