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Sleep Technologist Licensure. John Doggett, MD President New Mexico Sleep Society. Why Licensure?. Quality Security Accountability. Quality. Education Experience Continuing Education. Security. Patient Safety Job Security. Accountability. To Lab Director To Patients

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sleep technologist licensure

Sleep Technologist Licensure

John Doggett, MD

President

New Mexico Sleep Society

why licensure
Why Licensure?
  • Quality
  • Security
  • Accountability
quality
Quality
  • Education
  • Experience
  • Continuing Education
security
Security
  • Patient Safety
  • Job Security
accountability
Accountability
  • To Lab Director
  • To Patients
  • To State Regulators
licensure around the usa
Licensure Around the USA
  • 10 States and DC have PSGT licensure
  • 32 States have exemptions under their Respiratory Care Act
  • 8 States have no regulatory language
other states
Other States
  • California
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
other states1
Other States
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Oregon
  • Tennessee
  • Virginia
state licensure development the new mexico experience
State Licensure Developmentthe New Mexico Experience
  • Motivated Group
  • National Support
  • Legislative Process
motivated group
Motivated Group
  • New Mexico Sleep Society
  • Support from Labs
national support
National Support
  • AASM
  • AAST
  • Tech licensure already passed in several other states
regulatory support
Regulatory Support
  • What existing State licensing board will support you?
  • Get their support in advance
  • Have a plan
write a draft bill
Write a Draft Bill
  • Copies of bills from other states
  • Proposed bill – AASM support
the bill
The BILL
  • Who is covered?
  • Who is NOT covered?
  • Job Description
  • Supervision
  • Educational Requirements
  • Renewal
educational requirements
Educational Requirements
  • A-Step
  • CAAHEP
  • BRPT
  • AASM-
  • Respiratory Care – Sleep
  • Electroneurodiagnostic - Sleep
  • Grandfathering
the legislative process
The Legislative Process
  • Find sympathetic legislators
  • Discuss with YOUR representatives
  • Find a legislative SPONSOR
lobbyists the facilitators
Lobbyists-the Facilitators
  • Knowledge of the process
  • Knows the legislators
  • Access
  • $$$
at the legislature
At the Legislature
  • Several Volunteers go to the Capitol
  • Meet the Representatives
  • Meet the Senators
talking points
Talking Points
  • Short, one-page summary
  • Benefits to the people of the state
  • Dangers if not passed
lobbying
Lobbying
  • Dedicate time in person
  • Seek out your district’s reps
  • Attend EVERY relevant committee hearing and plan to speak
after the vote
After the Vote
  • Committee to write regulation (keep it small, one physician, two or three techs, lay person, facilitator)
  • Budget
  • 2 years to implement
how to get a license
How to get a License
  • Application
  • Fees
  • Background Checks
  • Drug Tests?
  • Support from Sleep Lab directors
license renewal
License Renewal
  • 2-year term
  • Fee
  • Continuing Education