August 23, 2011Written byFiona Tapp Verified by Medical Review Board 0 Comment
Accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Apnea
Although it is completely voluntary, most sleep centers seek theAmericanAcademyof Sleep Medicine’s Accreditation of Sleep Disorders Centers seal of approval. When a sleep center achieves the Academy’s accreditation, the center is viewed as respectable and reliable; it is committed to providing quality healthcare services to patients with sleeping troubles. Many states require proof of accreditation before they reimburse any medical expenses acquired at a sleep center.
Who is the Hospital Affiliated With
When a hospital is “affiliated” with another hospital or medical institute, it means that they are in a contractual agreement with each other. Affiliated medical institutions provide members of specific medical plans the same benefits. It is important to receive medical services from as many affiliated services as possible. Keeping your medical expenses within affiliated medical centers can help you save a lot of money. Studies and tests designed to diagnose Sleep Apnea are expensive; receiving treatment from affiliated centers may increase the coverage offered by your insurance company. In addition, if you find yourself unhappy with a medical center’s practices, you might want to stay away from medical centers they are affiliated with.
Research Reviews and Analyze Reputation
An important part of committing to any medical procedure is consulting other patients who have endured the same experience. Before committing to a sleep center, talk to patients who have completed studies there in the past. The staff of the sleep center will also be able to offer you useful information on the services and staff located at the center. Check national rankings to see where the hospital falls in comparison to other medical centers. In most cases, researching a specific sleep center can help you find other centers in the area.
Top 5 Sleep Apnea Institutions
For most patients with sleeping disorders like Sleep Apnea, location is the most important factor when choosing a center to perform their sleep study. If, however, you are lucky enough to have the luxury of travel when searching for a hospital, the top five centers in theUnited Statesare listed below.
The United States News and World Report published an article earlier this year, “Rankings of American Hospitals”. Hospitals throughout the nation were ranked in sixteen different categories based on medical specialties.
Johns Hopkins: Of the sixteen specialties,JohnsHopkinsHospital was ranked as the number one hospital for five of the different specialties. In addition to Urology, Rheumatology, and Psychiatry,JohnsHopkinsHospital is the number one hospital for Otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat or ENT) and Neurology. TheJohnsHopkinsSleepDisordersCenter is part of the Neurology and Neurosurgery department. The neurological center performs more than 30,000 outpatient consultations each year.JohnsHopkinsHospital is affiliated with Johns Hopkins Children’s Center,JohnsHopkinsBayviewMedicalCenter, the Wilmer Eye Institute atJohnsHopkinsHospital, andHowardCountyGeneralHospital.
Mayo Clinic: Accredited by theAmericanAcademy of Sleep Medicine, the Joint Commission, the American Osteopathic Association, and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, the Mayo Clinic inRochester,MN was ranked number two in neurology. The Mayo Clinic also ranked number one for Gastroenterology, Gynecology, and Nephrology. The Center for Sleep Medicine at the Mayo Clinic inMinnesota is one of the nation’s largest sleep medicine institutions; the center treats around 5,000 patient’s suffering with sleep disorders like Sleep Apnea each year. The Mayo Clinic is affiliated with the Mayo Eugenio Litta Children’s Hospital.
Massachusetts General Hospital: Located inBoston,Massachusetts, theMassachusetts GeneralHospital ranked third in neurology. The hospital ranked nationally in six pediatric specialties and sixteen different adult specialties; it ranked number one in Psychiatry and number two in Ear, Nose, and Throat and Diabetes/Endocrinology. The hospital is accredited by theAmericanAcademy of Sleep Medicine and the Joint Commission. The Massachusetts General Hospital is affiliated with the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, the Massachusetts General Hospital Eye and Ear Infirmary, the McLean Hospital, the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the Faulkner Hospital, the Newton-Wellesley Hospital, the Spaulding Rehabilitation Clinic, and the North Shore Medical Center.
New York Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell: Nationally ranked in fifteen adult specialties and ten pediatric specialties, the New York Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell is ranked number four in neurology. In addition to being accredited by theAmericanAcademy of Sleep Medicine and the Joint Commission, New York Presbyterian is also accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. The New York Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell is affiliated with the New York Presbyterian Morgan Stanley-Komansky Children’s Hospital, the New York Community Hospital, the New York Hospital Queens, the New York Westchester Square Medical Center, the New York Methodist Hospital, the Brooklyn Hospital Center and the Hospital for Special Surgery.
UCSF Medical Center: Ranked number five in neurology, the UCSF Medical Center ranked nationally in nine pediatric specialties and fourteen adult specialties in The United States News and World Report’s 2011 review of the nation’s best hospitals. The medical center is accredited by theAmericanAcademy of Sleep Medicine and the Joint Commission. The Sleep Disorders center at UCSF is located in the Sleep Testing Laboratory at the Hotel Room San Fransico’s “Japtown” and sees more than 2,000 patients every year. TheUCSFMedicalCenter is affiliated with the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital and theDavisMedicalCenter at theUniversity ofCalifornia.
Your doctor, or other medical professional, will be able to point you in the right direction when looking for a sleep center. Don’t be afraid to ask for their help.