Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists

BRPT Quick Takes
June 20, 2012

 FREE CSTE Opportunity
RPSGTs and CPSGTs – don’t miss the first in a series of three BRPT-sponsored webinars, produced by Sleep Health Management Resources, Inc. (SHMR). Check your inboxes for user name/password information – the first webinar is available now until June 22 at 5:00 pm EDT.  This free webinar is entitled Sleep Health Therapeutic Interventions; it's one hour in length and carries 1.0 CSTE. 

RPSGTs: Register Today For the 2012 BRPT Symposium! 
The sixth annual BRPT Symposium for RPSGTs will be held September 20-22 in Reno, Nevada at the Peppermill Resort.  Participants will have the opportunity to earn up to 13 CSTE (Continuing Sleep Technology Education) credits while attending provocative and informative sessions and meeting with an exceptional group of exhibitors.
To view the agenda and to register click here [live shortened link]  http://tinyurl.com/7mvzwhf

Become a Clinical Sleep Educator!
Nurses, sleep technologists, respiratory care practitioners, psychologists, social workers, physician assistants, health educators and other licensed and/or certified healthcare professionals:  Register today for the Clinical Sleep Educator (CSE) certificate program on September 20 at the Peppermill Resort in Reno, Nevada.  The CSE program will offer 8 hours of continuing education credit for sleep technologists, respiratory therapists, and nurses.  To learn more about the CSE program and to register click here [live link]: 
http://www.brpt.org/default.asp?contentID=185

Andrea Patterson Call For Applications
BRPT is currently accepting applications for the third annual Andrea Patterson Memorial Scholarship Program.  The Scholarship Program, named in honor of an early and highly regarded leader in the field of sleep technology, awards a $2,500 tuition grant each year to a promising student of polysomnography.  

Scholarship applicants must be enrolled in or accepted by a CAAHEP-accredited program in PSG, a CoARC-accredited program with a PSG add-on or an accredited NDT program with a PSG add-on.  The scholarship application, a full description of eligibility requirements and other program details are available at www.brpt.org.  Applications must be completed and returned to the BRPT no later than close of business November 1. The Andrea Patterson Memorial Scholarship Committee will select the scholarship recipient and the winner will be announced in January 2013.

News From Raleigh, NC:  ACHC Sleep Program Approved for Polysomnography and Sleep Studies
The Accreditation Commission for Health Care, Inc. recently received notice from Noridian Administrative Services, LLC and National Government Services, Inc. approving the addition of ACHC accreditation in their local coverage determination (LCD) for Polysomnography and Sleep Studies. The LCD requires each sleep laboratory or sleep testing facility in the Carrier’s jurisdiction to have a physician director who meets certain qualifications including employment by an accredited sleep lab or sleep testing facility, which now is revised to include ACHC.
Noridian Administrative Services, LLC (NAS), Jurisdiction F (AL, AZ, ID, MT, ND, OR, SD, UT, WA, WY) has revised the LCD policy (L24350) to recognize ACHC as an approved accrediting body for sleep labs with an effective date of February 27, 2012 and now appears on the Medicare Coverage Database.

National Government Services, Inc., Jurisdiction 13 (NY, CT) and the state of Indiana has revised their LCD policy (L26428) to include ACHC with an effective date of July 1, 2012 and will be viewable in the Medicare Coverage Database on Thursday, June 28, 2012.

For more information about ACHC’s Sleep Accreditation Program or list of approved Jurisdictions please call, toll free, 855-937-2242.

Trailblazer Health Enterprises, LLC Recognizes CPSGT
May 2012:  CPSGT is now recognized in the technician qualifications for sleep testing for Independent Diagnostic Testing Facilities (IDTFs) in Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.  For more information visit
http://www.trailblazerhealth.com/Facility%20Types/IDTF/Neuro.aspx.

SAVE THE DATE

  • August 23:  The next BRPT-sponsored RPSGT Board Review course – The Pathway To Your Credential – will be offered in Newton, Iowa during the Iowa Sleep Society Meeting.  Topics include: Calibration & Recording Techniques; Troubleshooting Artifact; Staging, Arousals and Calculations; Respiratory, ECG, PLMS and Calculations; PAP Titrations; Techniques for Successful Certification.
  • October 1-5:  SHMR free webinar entitled Sleep Health Taking a BITE out of OSA with Oral Appliance Therapy
  • December 3-7:  SHMR free webinar entitled Post Traumatic Stress and Its Role in Sleep