Yes – the application process will require proof of licensure if required by applicable law and regulation for all primary and satellite offices seeking accreditation status.
A complete list of criteria for Dental Directors is included in the Standards for Dental Sleep Medicine (DSM) Facilities Accreditation, which was posted February 1, 2011, on www.aadsm.org.
Below are several basic requirements.
No, each DSM facility must designate a single professional dentist as Dental Director who will be responsible for the direct or indirect and ongoing oversight of patient evaluation, treatment, and follow-up care. An individual can serve as Dental Director for up to three DSM facilities including satellite offices.
Up to two satellite clinical locations are permitted per primary accreditation application. The Dental Director must be the same for the primary and satellite office (s). Please review Standard D3 for additional information about satellite facilities.
No, but the Dental Director must be a professional dentist and meet all the criteria described in section B2 of the Standards.
The Dental Director must be present at the primary DSM facility on a regular basis and not less than 40 hours each month.
The Dental Director must be physically present within each DSM satellite clinical facility during DSM patient care hours for a minimum of 25 percent of each satellite facility’s available patient care hours.
Yes, but the dentist can only be a Dental Director for a maximum of three facilities, including satellite offices and must meet the requirements outlined in standards B1-B4.
The DSM Facility Accreditation standards do not include requirements for non-director dentists. The Dental Director will be responsible for the direct or indirect and ongoing oversight of patient evaluation, treatment, and follow-up care.
Requirements for qualifications of additional dentists at the DSM facility are at the discretion of the Dental Director.
Yes, prior to accreditation status being granted, each auxiliary staff member must have a valid American Heart Association or American Red Cross certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The level of CPR training must be suitable for healthcare professionals and include skills training.
A minimum of five (5) hours of initial training must be provided for staff responsible for coding and billing if they have been at the facility for less than one (1) year.
If a dentist has performed coding and billing responsibilities for at least one year, he or she need not complete the five hours of training.
Accreditation is granted to a single DSM facility, generally defined by a physical space used for conducting services related to DSM. All of the elements required to provide evaluation, treatment, and follow-up care related to DSM are contained within the defined space.
Up to two (2) additional satellite clinical locations are permitted under the primary accreditation application as long as the Dental Director remains the same, and all criteria listed in the D-4 section of the Standards are met.
Not for the purposes of the DSM Facility Accreditation Standards.
The DSM facility’s Dental Director can use his or her discretion to decide which staff members are qualified to audit patient records.
A quarterly quality assurance report will be required with the application and should address patient satisfaction, oral appliance compliance and frequency of coding and billing errors.