Chiropractors Sleep Apnea Program
While many patients associate chiropractic care with sleep apnea treatment, they don’t realize that a chiropractor can help diagnose sleep apnea in patients. But what happens after you suspect a patient is suffering from sleep apnea?
If you recognize the potential signs in your patients, you likely refer them to a traditional sleep study for a sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment plan. However, for many patients, traditional sleep studies are expensive and the waiting time to get into a sleep center can be problematic. And not all people can successfully fall asleep in a lab.
ApneaMed’s chiropractor sleep apnea program alleviates these concerns by providing an alternate testing option. Knowing that chiropractic care and adjustments play a vital role in many cases of obstructive sleep apnea, an ApneaMed partnership allows chiropractors to expand their current available services and offer comprehensive healthcare and affordable sleep apnea solutions.
How Can Chiropractors Partner with ApneaMed?
Here at ApneaMed, we open the doors to our partnered chiropractors, allowing them to offer their patients easy access to at-home sleep apnea testing. Why refer your patients to other providers when you can help your patients get diagnosed and treated through our chiropractic care? By partnering with ApneaMed, you now play a critical role in the sleep apnea diagnosis process, offering fast, accurate, and affordable sleep apnea testing.
We offer three different partnership opportunities allowing you to choose which method partnership option best fits your practice.
Option 1: ApneaMed’s Referral Partnership
The simplest solution for chiropractors is ApneaMed’s referral partnership. With this option, your chiropractic team refers patients directly to ApneaMed. To pass along the referral to our team, the patient simply fills out the ApneaMed referral form in your office, and your team sends it to us.
From there, our team handles the rest. We contact the patient directly and work out all the details for their at-home sleep apnea study. After they undergo the at-home sleep test, they simply return the test unit directly to ApneaMed where our board-certified sleep physicians analyze and return the results. We will also work with them to determine the ideal treatment plan to treat their sleep apnea effectively.
Option 2: ApneaMed In-office Partnership
With our ApneaMed in-office partnership, we provide you with your own in-office home sleep test unit to keep onsite. If you have a patient that comes into your office showing potential signs of sleep apnea, you can offer them the sleep test unit directly without referring them to our team for the device. This allows you to be the middleman and remain the main point of contact for your patient throughout the testing period.
Once completed, the patient returns the unit to your office, and your team will forward it to our sleep physicians to analyze. With this partnership, you determine the billing rate and you can bill their insurance directly.
Option 3: ApneaMed Mail-out Partnership
Our final partnership option is our mail-out partnership. In certain cases, you may not want to keep the sleep apnea testing unit in-house, which makes our mail-out partnership a great solution. When you uncover sleep apnea symptoms with your patients, you can reach out to ApneaMed to order our home sleep test to be sent directly to the patient at that time. This allows you to connect your patient with the testing they need, without taking up space within your office.
Once you reach out to us, our team will mail out the sleep test unit along with sleep study instructions and, once the patient returns the unit to us, our sleep physicians analyze the results. Similar to our In-office partnership, your chiropractic office determines the billing rate for the test and can directly bill the patient’s insurance company.
Your Practice and Patients Will Benefit from Sleep Apnea Testing
Almost 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, with many unaware of what it is doing to their health. As a chiropractor, you know that often those suffering from sleep apnea see benefits from chiropractic adjustments of the neck, as well as the reduction of tension. By partnering with ApneaMed, you can help your patients find answers to their sleep problems, expand your professional testing services, and include sleep apnea treatment options when beneficial — all while driving additional revenue for your business.
Some of the great ways chiropractor’s practices can benefit from an ApneaMed partnership include:
Tools & Resources
When we form a partnership we make sure you have everything you need to successfully market our sleep apnea tests. To ensure you feel confident discussing sleep apnea testing with your patients, ApneaMed provides you with all the necessary tools and resources to give you a leg up against the competition:
- Free patient brochures - Educate your patients so they understand the risks associated with sleep apnea and treatment options.
- Sleep apnea screening tools - Use our provided screening tools to check patients you think may be dealing with sleep apnea before recommending the home test.
- Home Sleep Test units - Send patients home with your practice’s own home sleep test unit from ApneaMed to test for sleep apnea.
- Sleep test results - Using the home sleep test unit, patients can receive a legal diagnosis for their sleep apnea from an ApneaMed medical practitioner. This allows them to purchase an AutoPAP device to treat their sleep apnea.
- Devices - Should your patient receive a mild to moderate sleep apnea diagnosis after completing the home sleep test, ApneaMed will provide you with a physician’s recommendation for an oral appliance. If the patient is severe, AutoPAP will be recommended per industry guidelines.
Through a partnership with ApneaMed, chiropractors can grow their practices’ offerings, helping them reach more patients. Instead of sending your patients to another provider for treatment, you can provide them with well-rounded care from testing and diagnosing to treating. Providing sleep apnea testing for your patients not only allows you to expand your customer base by serving a larger portion of the market and bringing in more prospective customers but earn additional revenue from this new service.
For example, the patient that comes in with their spouse for general chiropractic care. While waiting, their spouse may pick up our ApneaMed brochure and realize that sleep apnea may be a problem for them or their spouse, prompting questions. As a sleep testing provider, you can help answer questions and offer the testing they need.
If you suspect your patient is suffering from sleep apnea, you don’t want to make them wait to get the treatment they need! A partnership with ApneaMed ensures they get quick, effective, and affordable testing to get the treatment they need faster. Unlike traditional sleep studies that can take months to get into and even longer for results, an ApneaMed at-home sleep test takes course over one night’s sleep, and once the unit is returned, our sleep physicians provide quick and accurate results.
An ApneaMed Partnership Lets You Deliver Sleep Apnea Solutions to Your Patients
Unfortunately, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that 28 percent of Americans are physically inactive, leading a much more sedentary lifestyle and often resulting in excessive weight. Because of this, your practice may likely see more and more patients exhibiting symptoms of sleep apnea. By partnering with ApneaMed, your chiropractic patients can turn to you for help, including fast and affordable sleep apnea solutions.
To learn more about the ApneaMed partnership program for chiropractors and how to include it in your own practice, contact us today.