26 May

Is Your Problem Definitely Sleep Apnea?

sleep apnea womanDo you find yourself waking up each day feeling more drained and exhausted than when you climbed into bed the night before? If so, you might be wondering whether you’ve got sleep apnea, and if so, what can be done to address the problem.

However, whilst sleep apnea is a common condition, affecting millions of people across the country, sometimes, your sleep problem could be caused by other factors. Here’s some of the more common things affecting the quality of your sleep. Read More

19 May

Is Sleep Apnea a Life-Threatening Condition?

sleepingFor many people who suspect they may have sleep apnea, they aren’t aware of the severity of the condition. After all, simply waking up feeling a little bit tired doesn’t seem so serious, does it?

However, sleep apnea should never be taken lightly. In severe cases, it can have real impact on your health; and can even cause life-threatening conditions such as heart attack or a stroke. It’s imperative to get yourself tested, to ensure that you understand the extent of the condition, and can have it successfully treated. Read More

12 May

Does Your Child Have Sleep Apnea? How to Tell

sleep apnea childIt’s generally thought that sleep apnea is only experienced by adults. However, the truth of the matter is that many children suffer from the condition too, and this can have an impact on their health and development.

Sleep Apnea in Children: Signs to Look Out For

Most parents tend to notice when something isn’t quite right with their child. Here are a few signs to look out for if you’re worried that they may have sleep apnea. Read More

05 May

Sleep Apnea May Contribute to Earlier Onset of Alzheimer’s Disease

blood pressureAccording to a recent study carried out at New York University, people suffering from sleep apnea are likely to develop cognitive impairment, such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, nearly 10 years earlier than those without the condition.

The extensive study, which tested 2,470 people between the ages of 55 to 90, discovered a clear link between sleep apnea and early onset of Alzheimer’s, and highlights the importance of getting tested as soon as possible if you believe that you may be suffering from disturbed sleep. Read More

17 Mar

Sleep Studies: What are They and Why Might You Need One?

wired-upMost people are aware when they have obstructive sleep apnea. You may find yourself waking in the night, or may feel unusually tired during the day. You might have even been told by your partner that you often cease breathing momentarily in the night, or appear to struggle for breath.

However, whilst many are aware that they suffer with OSA to some degree, they’re less often aware of how severe their condition is. In order to ascertain whether sleep apnea is mild, moderate or severe, further tests are likely to be required.

Sleep Studies: The Benefits?

When you visit a sleep apnea specialist about your condition, it’s possible that they may recommend a sleep study, in order to gain better insight into the exact nature of the problem. Read More

12 Mar

OSA: When Should You Be Worried about Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

blackstone design  1 .png  1350×3733Obstructive sleep apnea is a very common condition, affecting millions across the US. For many people, it’s a relatively minor issue; and can often be resolved simply by losing weight, or making certain lifestyle choices. However, for others, it can be a serious problem; and can have a significant negative impact on their lives.

If you have obstructive sleep apnea, sometimes it’s difficult to tell whether your problem is worthy of treating or not. Here are a few signs to look out for, which may indicate that you need to visit a sleep apnea specialist as soon as possible. Read More

18 Sep

Study: Sleep Apnea Makes High Blood Pressure Resistant to Treatment

A new study from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine finds that sleep apnea (OSA) contributes to high blood pressure and makes hypertension resistant to treatment. The study, titled “Association of Severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Elevated Blood Pressure Despite Antihypertensive Use,” shows that even patients who were under close care from heart specialists and who followed the national guidelines to treat cardiovascular risk still experienced uncontrolled blood pressure due to their untreated sleep apnea.
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29 Mar

Blackstone Saves Day for PAP Companies (Press Release)

Tampa, Fla.—Blackstone Medical Services, an IDTF specializing in sleep apnea diagnosis
and telehealth solutions, uses proprietary cloud-based technology, providing patients and physicians better quality, access and cost—matching the nation’s shift to a patient-centered medical home (PCMH) approach.

No longer do CPAP companies need to wait outside pulmonologists’ doors for
referrals. Blackstone allows preferred DME providers to utilize its cloud-based portal to increase transparency and control over therapy when tests are being performed by PCPs and other physicians. Blackstone provides real-time feedback on which patients were previously tested and where each patient is in the process, allowing a DMEs a unified approach, one that hasn’t been available until now.

“Our model works because we are superior in the continuum of patient care,” said Vick Tipnes, president of Blackstone Medical Services. “We not only have the highest patient compliance in the industry but we also work seamlessly with DMEs. We ensure that they receive the best follow-up and treatment care from their physicians and DME providers. This reduces the cost of care delivery and enables better physician to DME care coordination.”

Blackstone’s model involves the use of the industry’s top testing device and board-certified sleep physicians. Its easily accessible services increase patients’ compliance with sleep studies. Research shows that patients are more likely to complete a sleep study from the comfort of their own home.

Blackstone’s model serves as the best of both worlds for all parties involved.

“Not only do patients get to complete the study where they’re more comfortable but doctors are able to retain more of their patients because they aren’t referring to specialists,” said Tipnes. “When doctors prescribe a home sleep study for their patients, they are the ones who can follow up with these patients, resulting in higher patient retention and less out of pocket for patients.”

Blackstone works with DME companies that follow the same standard of patient care. With this philosophy, together they can change the lives of those suffering from sleep apnea one home sleep test at a time.

About Blackstone:

BlackstoneMedical Services, a Medicare-approved, JCAHO-accredited and nationally recognized IDTF for home sleep testing and telehealth solutions based in Tampa, Fla., has over 12 million covered lives. It is focused on serving those suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and its services eliminate and significantly reduce hospital re-admissions and urgent care visits. OSA is a serious health concern and you should be tested. If you or a loved one suffers from fatigue or daytime sleepiness, call toll-free at 888-710-2727 or visit www.blackstonemedicalservices.com for more information.

05 Mar

Training Makes All the Difference

Last week, eight members of the Blackstone Medical Services team, myself included, underwent an intense, two-day training session focused on sales and proper selling techniques. The majority of us went in not knowing what to expect and thinking that this would be a waste of our time. I mean, let’s face it. Who wants to get behind in their work to partake in a 16-hour training?

We started the training at eight on Thursday morning. The instructor went over the general rules, handed us our training packets and started the course. We were not able to take notes—the instructor stated that by the end of this course we will know everything we need to know. The first assignment was to read 30 basic definitions related to marketing and sales. We were partnered up and told to quiz and coach each other through the training. After reviewing the 30 words with our “twin”, we were individually drilled by the instructor. Sounds easy? Guess again. If you messed up or fumbled on one word, regardless of how far along you were, you were told to begin again. It was grueling and frustrating, and it was clear that some of us were losing our patience.

Despite how much we hated the process, we had to continue in order to pass the course. Once we successfully memorized all 30 definitions, we were clear to move on to the next phase. Each phase was comprised of readings, essay responses and drills. Some of the tasks required us to be cleared by the instructor before moving on. By lunch, we were exhausted. The day continued on at the same pace.

Friday morning started session two of the training. We quickly got to work and picked up from where we left off. It was another day full of reading, writing and memorizing. Most of us thought our heads were going to explode from all of the information. By the end of the day Friday, however, we knew the information. We could recite these definitions and puzzles back to each other upon command.

To our surprise, the sales training was enlightening. It went over the basic concepts of marketing and sales, how to communicate effectively to ensure a close, and the difference between hard selling and hard pressuring. We knew all about the proper communication required to build relationships and make the sale. The activities and exercises were challenging but they helped us remember the general concepts of the course. We all walked out feeling empowered and ready to apply these tactics in our work. The entire training was tailored to our work at Blackstone Medical Services, so it was easy to see how we can apply these ideas to each task we complete. Not only do we feel better equipped in our job duties but we have also developed a bond and trust with the other members of our team. So, would we do this again? Absolutely!

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