The current model of care for Medicare patients with a sleep illness is fragmented as the federal Stark Law prohibits sleep physicians from providing therapeutic DME to Medicare patients for the treatment of OSA. Instead of receiving PAP equipment and personalized treatment support from their physician and medical team, patients have to interact with an outside DME company. This adds an unnecessary layer of complexity to the treatment plan for Medicare patients, who often are overburdened with medical needs and decisions. AASM is advocating for a Stark Law exception that will allow board certified sleep medicine physicians to provide long-term care for Medicare patients with OSA.
The AASM invites our members to learn more about our efforts towards advocating for a Stark Law exception that would allow board certified sleep medicine physicians to provide PAP therapy to Medicare patients with OSA.
The Stark Law: Fragmenting Healthcare
Sleep & the Stark Law: Increasing Risk to Patients
Fraud & the Stark Law
Stark Law Exception: Allowing Coordinated Care for Medicare Patients
Sleep Without Stark: The Benefits of Coordinated Care
Stark Law Sample Legislation