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Medicare Regulations causing a rift between Sleep Apnea patients & providers
With over 52 million enrolled beneficiaries, Medicare’s policies and practices influence a large percentage of America’s healthcare population (1). With some studies estimating that as many as 20 percent of the American adult population (with higher numbers in the older population) suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), this means that Medicare’s policies affect many with this condition (2). Continue reading
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a serious illness. If you suspect that a patient may have it, do them a favor and order a sleep study to confirm. Left untreated, OSA leads to heart attacks and strokes, and it has associations with other conditions including diabetes, hypertension, and dementia.
Researchers at Umeå University in Sweden have discovered unique muscle fibers in the soft palate of the mouth in both infants and adults. The fibers seem to be present in greater number in snorers and sleep apnea patients. The findings were recently published article in the Journal of Anatomy.
A lesson in sleep loss
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) call insufficient sleep a “public health problem” and estimate that 30% of Americans get less than 6 hours of sleep a night.
Lack of sleep is linked to motor vehicle crashes, industrial disasters, and medical and other occupational errors. Diseases linked to sleep insufficiency include hypertension, diabetes, depression, obesity and cancer.
Until now, it has not been clear what causes the emotional impairments triggered by sleep loss.
A new sleep apnea rule?
A data collection effort by the U.S. DOT intended to gauge how many truck operators have obstructive sleep apnea and what impact a sleep apnea rule could have on the industry has taken a step forward in the federal rulemaking process and could be published by year’s end.
The federal regulatory dashboard says the White House’s Office of Management and Budget received the so-deemed “pre-rule” from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Tuesday, Dec. 15.
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CPAP America works closely with commercial drivers.
While sleep apnea can contribute to CDL drowsiness while on the road (in addition to impacting driver general health and well-being), it is a treatable and preventable condition. Sleep apnea has been linked to a variety of other chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and most notably, obesity. Commercial drivers getting tested and treated is important to both driver safety and driver health. If you hold a CDL, or are required by your employer or doctor to be tested for sleep apnea, contact CPAP America for all of your testing and treatment needs.
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We might ‘own the night’, as Selena Gomez sings, but sometimes this is easier sung than done and the night owns us instead. For one reason or other, sleep can be elusive to many – quality sleep most especially. A number of sleep disorders have been growing in prevalence of late. Among these is sleep apnea.
Heidi Willbanks was diagnosed with severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). In this video, Heidi show you CPAP machine prescribed for her treatment as she prepares for her first night using it.
If you feel you might be suffering from sleep apnea, CPAP America will guide you through the process from ordering your home sleep test, getting set up, and working with you to get your results in a timely fashion. The best part is, the sooner you get tested and diagnosed, the sooner you can start getting treated – and enjoying the benefits. Feel free to contact us at 1-800-569-0167.
NBA legend Shaquille O’Neil receives treatment for sleep apnea in this video. After talking with Harvard sleep specialists as they prepare him for an overnight sleep study, it was determined that O’Neil has moderate obstructive sleep apnea. O’Neil received treatment, and according to the video, it seems to have helped him.
Are you suffering from sleep apnea? CPAP America will guide you through the process from ordering your home sleep test, getting set up, and working with you to get your results in a timely fashion. The best part is, the sooner you get tested and diagnosed, the sooner you can start getting treated – and enjoying the benefits. Feel free to contact us at 1-800-569-0167.