Q. How do I order a sleep study for my patient?
A. You can phone or fax in the referral. We simply need the patient’s name, phone number, address, and insurance information. Medical necessity information is always helpful for insurance authorization.
Q. What parameters are measured on my patient?
A. Sleep Data’s home studies record heart rate, respiratory effort, nasal-oral airflow, oxyhemoglobin saturation, snoring intensity and frequency, and body position.
Q. What information will the final report contain?
A. You will receive a respiratory disturbance index (RDI), a breakdown of the types of apneas, a breakdown of oxyhemoglobin saturations with percentages of time spent below specific levels, an autonomic arousal index, snoring frequency and intensity, body position, Epworth Sleepiness Score. The patient’s height, weight, neck circumference, age, race, and BMI will be on the report in addition to clinical correlation information from the questionnaire the patients fill out.
Q. How quickly will I get a final report back?
A. Typically the final report will be faxed to your office within one week. In STAT situations it can be sooner.
Q. How is the CPAP setting determined?
A. The starting CPAP setting is derived from a regression analysis formula that has been validated in the scientific literature. Several formulas have been validated against manual laboratory titration and auto-titration. The formulas utilize BMI, RDI, and neck circumference to determine the empiric level of CPAP. Regardless of the method used for determining the initial CPAP level, slight adjustments may be required based upon the patient’s response to treatment. Follow up studies can be performed to confirm efficacy.
Q. How does my patient obtain the CPAP or Bi-Level machine?
A. You will need to prescribe the CPAP or Bi-PAP machine and make a referral to a durable medical equipment (DME) company. That DME company will notify your patient and arrange for equipment orientation and set-up.
Q. Who will follow my patient after they’ve received their CPAP or Bi-PAP machine?
A. Following a patient for OSAS should be a combined effort. The physician, sleep testing company, and DME company should participate in a team effort to assure that the patient is able to comply with therapy. Sleep Data often provides very specific clinical follow-up on the patients and this information is faxed to the DME company and referring physician. These are called “CPAP Follow-Up Questionnaires”.