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ATS Submits Sleep Apnea Screening Recommendations to USPSTF

This week, the ATS submitted recommendations to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) in response to the agency’s request for comments on its draft research plan on screening for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in adults. The ATS’s key recommendations included:

  • that the proposed research plan’s framework differentiate patients with OSA who are asymptomatic from those who have unrecognized symptoms.
  • clarification of the gold standard definition for OSA.
  • that measures of sleep quality, mood, vitality, and fatigue be included as relevant patient-centric health outcomes to be addressed. 

The USPSTF will  issue a final research plan on OSA screening in adults later this year, followed by draft screening recommendations, which will be open for public comment, with the final step being the issuing of final recommendations. USPSTF recommendations provide the evidence base for Medicare, Medicaid, and Affordable Care Act compliant private health insurance plan coverage of preventive care services.

Last Reviewed: January 2021