FRANKLIN, Tenn.--(http://www.medsolutions.com/) announced today its enhanced, comprehensive Sleep Management program, which ensures appropriate use of home sleep testing (HST) and dramatically increases treatment compliance for patients diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). As a result, patient care is improved and participating health plans save on both their sleep diagnostic costs and overall medical spend.)--MedSolutions (
“Not only do we have by far the most experience with direct-to-consumer outreach in the industry, we are the only company that has implemented a sleep management program nationwide, with 5.5 million lives under management.”
Sleep management is a large and growing challenge for insurers. An estimated $5.8 billion will be spent on sleep studies this year alone and, according to a report from Harvard Medical School, an estimated 80 percent of Americans with moderate to severe OSA remain undiagnosed. OSA can lead to conditions such as hypertension, coronary artery disease and stroke, and can exacerbate existing conditions.
In terms of diagnosis and treatment, 98 percent of sleep tests are conducted in-lab today (PSG), well beyond what is medically necessary; the challenges continue once patients are diagnosed, as many have difficulty adhering to their therapy. A study published in the journal SLEEP found that patients’ long-term adherence to CPAP therapy can be predicted by how compliant they are on the third day of treatment.
To address these trends, MedSolutions’ program guides appropriate candidates to HST where the testing can be conducted at a fraction of the cost and in the comfort and convenience of patients’ own homes. For those cases where PSG is appropriate, MedSolutions ensures the appropriate use of single, split-night, in-lab testing in lieu of a two-night protocol, again reducing costs and increasing convenience for patients.
Once a patient has been diagnosed with OSA, MedSolutions monitors data directly from the patient’s PAP device within 24 hours of the therapy beginning. If issues with compliance are detected, a MedSolutions representative reaches out directly to the patient to help him or her get on track.
“MedSolutions is the best positioned company to partner with health plans on sleep management,” said Dr. Gregg Allen, the company’s chief medical officer. “Not only do we have by far the most experience with direct-to-consumer outreach in the industry, we are the only company that has implemented a sleep management program nationwide, with 5.5 million lives under management.”
MedSolutions is a medical cost management company, saving money for health plans and people by improving patient care. We achieve this through management programs for advanced imaging, cardiac imaging, radiation therapy, ultrasound, sleep management, oncology, spine surgery and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs), as well as our groundbreaking Premerus® program, which ensures that patients receive expert diagnoses. We approach everything we do like a treating physician. We base our guidelines on patient symptoms. Our doctors and nurses review patient cases within their specialties. We reward physicians who consistently provide the best care. MedSolutions aligns the best interests of health plans, physicians and, most importantly, patients. We are proud to help 27 million Americans receive higher quality, lower cost healthcare. MedSolutions has been recognized for outstanding customer service and effective call center management by the International Customer Management Institute and for four consecutive years by the prestigious J.D. Power and Associates Award. Visit www.medsolutions.com.