SOURCE: Chicago ENT

Chicago ENT

October 22, 2014 23:46 ET

Division of Chicago ENT, Chicago Sleep Center, Receives Program Accreditation

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - Oct 22, 2014) - The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) has awarded Chicago Sleep Center, a division of Chicago ENT, their program accreditation for the outstanding standards it maintains as a sleep disorders center. The center provides important resources to the local community as a diagnostic facility as well as through providing state-of-the-art treatments. Valid for a period of five years, the accreditation was awarded per AASM Standards, including core standards such as facility, equipment, staff, policies and procedures, patient care, quality assurance, and data acquisition. The center's goals and plans on improving the community's medical care must also be clearly stated.

Nationwide, only around 2,500 sleep centers maintain accreditation with the AASM, which was founded as a professional medical society for providers, associated clinicians, and researchers in the field of sleep medicine. The society provides voluntary accreditation after assessing a sleep center's ability to demonstrate a commitment to high-quality diagnostic services and management of sleep disorder patients. A growing number of states in the U.S. now require AASM accreditation for reimbursement of various sleep medicine services. Accreditation serves as an important indicator for patients that the facility provides the highest quality of care and professionalism. For 30 years, the AASM has been setting the clinical standards in the sleep medicine field, and is considered a leading authority when it comes to sleep center recognition.

Chicago Sleep Center is a division of Chicago ENT, a nationwide leading institute for otolaryngology and sleep issues. Directed by sleep specialist Sarah Alderman, MD, and Dr. Michael Friedman, a board-certified otolaryngologist, the center has a number of locations in Chicago, IL. A wide variety of diagnostic and treatment services for sleep disorders are provided at the sleep center, including snoring, obstructive sleep apnea, insomnia, restless leg syndrome, and other conditions that can affect sleep. Non-surgical treatment options are often suggested, a well as alternatives to traditional CPAP therapy. The center maintains a lab, which provides full sleep testing and snoring site investigation to offer the most accurate and detailed diagnosis possible. The center handles 3,000 patients every year, many of which travel across the country to take advantage of the state-of-the-art facilities and highly skilled doctors at Chicago ENT.

Chicago ENT offers a full spectrum of ear, nose, and throat diagnostics and treatments at its five locations. As part of their commitment to provide the very best in patient treatment and satisfaction, the medical expert team has created a unique approach to diagnosing sleep problems. In addition to "in-house" testing at the Center, Chicago Sleep Center has developed a completely mobile lab that can be used for home testing, or for testing at one of seven luxury Chicagoland hotels, which allows patients to sleep relaxed and naturally. Sleep Center Medical Director, Dr. Michael Friedman, opened Chicago ENT 30 years ago to provide comprehensive care for thyroid and parathyroid disease, diseases of the ear, nose and throat, as well as sleep apnea. Dr. Michael Friedman is a Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology - Rush University Medical Center, and Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery with Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

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