September 15, 2021
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Sleep Medicine Update
Research published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology suggested a connection between healthy sleep patterns and decreased risk for atrial fibrillation/flutter and bradyarrhythmia. The study, which included data from 403,187 UK Biobank participants, did not show a similar association for ventricular arrhythmias.
Full Story: Healio (free registration)/Cardiology Today (9/13) 
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A 3,042-person study in the Journal of Psychiatric Research suggested that poor sleep and social function in college students may be linked to an increase in psychotic episodes. Researchers examined self-reported quality of sleep and number of psychotic-like experiences that were not related to alcohol or drug use.
Full Story: Healio (free registration) (9/14) 
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A study in JAMA Otolaryngology -- Head & Neck Surgery found that children with nonsevere obstructive sleep apnea who underwent adenotonsillectomy were more likely to have resolution of nocturnal enuresis, compared with those who did not receive adenotonsillectomy. The study, based on data involving 393 children, also found that nocturnal enuresis was less frequent among female patients, but factors such as severity of sleep apnea, obesity and age were not linked to the improvement of nocturnal enuresis.
Full Story: HealthDay News (9/14) 
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Health & Wellness
An $11.5 million NIH grant will allow scientists at Arkansas Children's Research Institute and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences to better understand the causes and implications of obesity in childhood. "Our goal is a future where parents don't have to worry about their child developing any of the countless complications children face because of obesity," said principal investigator Judith Weber.
Full Story: KUAR-FM (Little Rock, Ark.) (9/14) 
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Exhaustion linked to videoconference meetings was found to be most prevalent in women and recently hired employees, a study in the Journal of Applied Psychology found. The authors concluded that use of web camera during meetings caused people to feel drained and lacking in energy, rather than the meetings themselves.
Full Story: Becker's Hospital Review (9/10) 
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Sleep ISR Record Rewards Program
The AASM is thrilled to introduce new Sleep ISR Record Rewards Program that gives Sleep ISR administrators the ability to provide access for staff to a PSG study submission tool. By submitting records, you can earn rewards that can be exchanged for Amazon gift cards. Learn more isr.aasm.org.
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Practice Management
Health care practitioners discuss in this radio broadcast how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected them, and why it can be difficult to gauge the impact of burnout on patient care. Burnout can also involve cynicism and reduced effectiveness in the workplace, but most studies that examine the consequences for patients rely on subjective measures and self-reporting of data.
Full Story: WBUR-FM (Boston) (9/15) 
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Trends & Technologies
Organizations that increased benefits in the past year were most likely to do so in areas affected by COVID-19 -- telework, telemedicine, family leave and mental health -- according to survey results from the Society for Human Resource Management. Employers' priorities also reflect the current times, with more than 75% of employers seeing flexibility, leave and being "family-friendly" as important.
Full Story: Society for Human Resource Management (tiered subscription model) (9/12) 
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Health Policy & Regulations
The past two months have seen a number of new actions and guidelines set forth by CMS authorities. These include topics such as Medicare coverage for medical devices, surprise billing, outpatient service claims, vaccine guidance and prior authorization.
Full Story: Becker's Hospital Review (9/13) 
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The FDA released updated guidance, which follows a question-and-answer format, focusing on generic drug development and submission of abbreviated new drug applications during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the updated guidance, the agency said it will "generally accept requests to receive an ANDA with less than the full complement of recommended stability data if the drug product is on FDA's Drug Shortage List or FDA confirms that the drug product is vulnerable to shortage."
Full Story: Regulatory Focus (9/9) 
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HHS will distribute $25.5 billion in COVID-19 relief funds from the American Rescue Plan to help hospitals and other health care providers hit by the pandemic, following pressure from lawmakers and medical groups. About $17 billion will be set aside for applicants who can demonstrate pandemic-related revenue losses, while $8.5 billion will go to those in rural areas.
Full Story: STAT (tiered subscription model) (9/10),  Becker's Hospital CFO Report (9/10) 
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News from AASM
Philips posts supporting documents for DreamStation 2 device
Philips has posted an assortment of online resources that sleep clinicians can use to help patients with sleep apnea who are transitioning to the new DreamStation 2 positive airway pressure machine due to the recall of first-generation DreamStation devices. Philips previously announced that it has begun replacing certain recalled PAP devices with DreamStation 2 machines, which are not included in the recall. Learn more.
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Watch the new AASM telemedicine case study videos
Now available in AASM's telemedicine video library are several new case study videos. Each video comprises a discussion with a panel of experts about the clinical implementation of telemedicine. Videos in the series address the topics of obstructive sleep apnea, insomnia, and hypersomnolence and regulated prescriptions.
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Established in 1975, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) is the leading professional society dedicated exclusively to the medical subspecialty of sleep medicine. As the leading voice in the sleep field, the AASM is advancing sleep care and enhancing sleep health to improve lives. The AASM has a combined membership of 11,000 accredited member sleep centers and individual members, including physicians, scientists, and other health care professionals.

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