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Drowsy driving in the ridesharing industry is a public safety risk

DARIEN, IL – A position statement from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) concludes that fatigue and sleepiness are inherent safety risks in the ridesharing industry. Both sleep deprivation and circadian influences leave ridesharing drivers at risk for drowsy driving. The typical schedule for workers in the ridesharing industry may lead to driving after […]

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Position statement: Avoid using medical marijuana to treat sleep apnea

DARIEN, IL – Medical cannabis and synthetic marijuana extracts should not be used for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea, according to a position statement from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). In November 2017 the Minnesota Department of Health announced the decision to add obstructive sleep apnea as a new qualifying condition for […]

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Medscape Physician Compensation Report shows salaries vary by specialty

The Medscape Physician Compensation Report indicates that the average physician compensation for specialists in 2018 is $329,000, which is up from $316,000 in 2017. Compensation includes salary, bonus, and profit-sharing contributions. The annual survey also shows that physician income has been rising steadily over the past seven years. The average compensation for sleep-related specialties continues […]

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Thousands learn about healthy sleep at 5th USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo

From April 6 – 8 the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) sponsored and exhibited at the 5th USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo, the nation’s largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). AASM members and sleep physicians Dr. Aleksandra Kwasnik and Dr. Catalina Castillo staffed the AASM exhibit, helping thousands of kids, […]

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FDA issues new guidance on highly concentrated caffeine in dietary supplements

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a new guidance document for industry addressing safety concerns related to highly concentrated caffeine in dietary supplements. According to the FDA, products consisting of or containing only pure or highly concentrated caffeine continue to present a significant public health threat. In 2015 the AASM issued a health […]

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Sleep field needs your support prior to lobby day in Washington D.C.

The AASM is headed to Washington, D.C., for our biggest, most well-represented advocacy trip in years. To make our biggest impact, we need your help today! In a political climate that becomes more chaotic and noisy by the minute, the sleep field requires your help to make sure our voices are heard above those of […]

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AASM Foundation celebrates 20 years with new name and website

Today the American Sleep Medicine Foundation announced it has a new name, the AASM Foundation, and a new website at foundation.aasm.org. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the AASM Foundation, which was established by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) in 1998 to advance sleep research and education. The AASM Foundation has invested […]

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AASM is proud to sponsor the 5th USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) is sponsoring the 5th USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo, the nation’s largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). An AASM exhibit at the event will be staffed by sleep physicians Dr. Aleksandra Kwasnik and Dr. Catalina Castillo, who will help kids understand why sleep is […]

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New “All-Payer Combination Option,” Health Care Innovation Caucus support value-based care

Two recent developments signify a growing emphasis on value-based care in the U.S. health care system:  establishment of a new flexibility within the Quality Payment Program (QPP) and creation of the Health Care Innovation Caucus. Beginning in performance year 2019, the “All-Payer Combination Option” will be added to QPP to give clinicians more opportunities to […]

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