The Aviisha Medical Institute’s DriveSafe Program is lowering costs associated with the testing and treatment of sleep apnea for commercial drivers. Launched in February, the program is also aimed at raising awareness about this serious disease and helping drivers stay compliant.

The DriveSafe Program is the institute’s latest effort to combat the effects of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea has recently been spotlighted in the commercial driver industry.

In January, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that it had adopted recommendations to have all commercial drivers with a body mass index of 35 or higher tested for sleep apnea. A person with a body mass index of 35 or higher is considered obese and is at high risk of having sleep apnea.

Under the DriveSafe Program, commercial drivers can get tested for sleep apnea without ever having to visit a sleep lab.

By using home sleep tests and auto-titrating PAP devices patients can completely avoid the cost and inconvenience of visiting a sleep lab. The home sleep test is significantly less expensive than the in-lab test which benefits both truckers and their employers.

Patients also prefer home testing because it lets them sleep in a familiar environment—whether in a home, hotel, or truck. Many doctors prefer it because it can be a better representation of normal sleep habits.

The DriveSafe Program also has a treatment component. Patients who test positive for sleep apnea can get all their treatment needs met through Aviisha, including compliance management which will be required to retain a license. The program is a complete solution for trucking companies seeking to comply with the new regulations.

Aviisha has also assembled educational materials and tools for the benefit of truckers and their employers, including Sleep Apnea Posters, Brochures and Fact Sheets, A Downloadable Sleep Apnea Guide, An Online BMI Calculator , OSA Powerpoints,  and Prerecorded Webinars. The company has also started offering complementary live presentations about sleep apnea and the new regulations. To book a presentation or request free materials, call 877-634-7748 x112.

Aviisha Medical Institute, LLC is a national leader in home sleep care. It partners with physicians and clinics around the country to provide comprehensive services for sleep apnea patients including home sleep testing, treatment, compliance management, and education. Aviisha operates sleep labs in Southern California and created the MD Home Sleep Program and the Aviisha Virtual Sleep Lab Program to give doctors and hospitals the tools to treat sleep apnea.

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