New sleep clinic law to go into effect

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - A new law will require that Oklahoma sleep medicine centers be accredited by the first of the year, adding a new regulation to a fast-growing medical field.

According to the National Institutes of Health, about 70 million Americans suffer from sleep-related problems and the sleep medicine
field is burgeoning.

Dr. Kevin Lewis, the chief medical director of Graymark Healthcare of Oklahoma City, says the sleep medicine field has been unregulated in Oklahoma, leading to questions about the quality of care in some facilities. Some are even operated out of pharmacies and medical equipment shops.

The new law mandates that sleep diagnostic centers be accredited by one of three accrediting bodies by Jan. 1, 2010, and that physicians must be certified by the American Board of Sleep Medicine.
Information from: Tulsa World,

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