CHA News Article

New Accreditation Requirements for Sleep Studies Now in Effect

Effective last week, all hospitals billing sleep studies under jurisdiction of Noridian — the Medicare Local Coverage Determination for California — must maintain proper certification documentation by acquiring credentials from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (inpatient or outpatient), The Joint Commission sleep-specific credentials for ambulatory care sleep centers or the Accreditation Commission for Health Care. Labs that do not yet have the required credentials must apply for credentialing by one of these organizations within the next 90 days and must make available, upon Noridian’s request, both the application and a letter from the credentialing organization verifying that an application is in process.

All sleep labs must have final credentialing by one of the organizations listed above within the next 12 months. CHA is seeking clarification on the deadlines and will publish those dates, when available, in CHA News. More information is available on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services website.