Current State of Home Sleep Testing

Until recently, patients who had untreated sleep disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), typically had to stay overnight in a sleep laboratory for testing known as polysomnography (PSG).

Conventional laboratory-based sleep studies can pose challenges, however, including limited availability and high costs. In addition, PSG tests generate diagnostic data only during the time patients are monitored in the laboratory.

In 2008, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid authorized reimbursement for HSTs, and many private insurers have developed policies on portable sleep monitoring. Some patients may prefer this testing option as well, since HSTs are more convenient and are often cheaper.

For clinicians, the addition of HST services to traditional PSGs can expedite diagnosis and treatment of persons with OSA.

Read more in the cover story of this digital edition. Plus, find articles on the following respiratory care and sleep medicine topics:

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  • CPAP Compliance
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