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THE FOLLOWING ARE REQUIREMENTS ADDITIONAL TO THE STANDARD REFERRAL - UNDER REVISED LEGISLATION EFFECTIVE - NOVEMBER 2018

Effective 1st November 2018, (under revised legislation), “NO PATIENT WILL BE ELIGIBLE” for a Medicare funded ambulatory sleep study, “WITHOUT THREE REQUISITE CRITERIA”:

  1. A completed “STOPBANG” assessment with a score of 4 or greater
  2. A completed ESS (Epworth Sleep Score) with a score of 8 or greater
  3. A completed referral – which must be personally signed by the referring practitioner

STOP BANG QUESTIONNAIRE:

  1. Snore: Do they snore loudly?
  2. Tired: Do they feel tired (sleepy or fatigues) during the day)
  3. Observed: Have they been observed to stop breathing during their sleep?
  4. Pressure: Do they present with elevated blood pressure (when untreated)?
  5. BMI: Do they present with a Body Mass Index greater than 35?
  6. Age: Are they ages 50 years or more?
  7. Neck: Do they have a neck circumference greater than 40cm?
  8. Gender: Are they male?

EPWORTH SLEEPINESS SCALE
Use the following scale to choose the most appropriate score for each situation.
Score: Would never dose = 0 Slight chance of dozing = 1 Moderate chance of dozing = 2 High chance of dozing = 3

  • Sitting and reading
  • Watching television
  • Sitting inactive in a public place (a theatre or meeting)
  • As a passenger in a car for an hour without a break
  • Sitting and talking to someone
  • Sitting quietly after lunch without alcohol
  • In a car, while stopped for a few minutes in the traffic

Revised Medicare Legislation as of 01/11/2018 (pdf)