2018 Meeting Information

March 22-25, 2018 at Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa in Hilton Head, SC

Meeting Introduction

The three-day Southern Sleep Society Conference is preceded by the Annual Technologist Course on March 22, 2018. Participants have the option of registering for the Technologist Course and the Southern Sleep Society Meeting, or may choose to attend specific days of the meeting. The event includes continental breakfasts, breaks, receptions, lunch during the technologist course, a golf tournament, tours and an impressive lineup of exhibitors and supporters. You will not experience a more incredible roster of faculty members than those who will be participating at this conference.

Technologist Course

The course, titled, “Preparing for Future Opportunities in the Ever-Changing World of Sleep Medicine” targets Allied Health Professionals who are currently working in both physician support and technical roles. The course offers a unique perspective and emphasis on future roles in sleep medicine technology. 

The course opens with a keynote presentation by Dr. Nancy Collop. This enlightening lecture will focus on the impact payers have on future technical roles in sleep medicine.  Entities such as insurance carriers, other third-party payers or health plan sponsors who finance or reimburse the cost of health services will primarily drive the future of sleep medicine.

The course will cover comprehensive lectures on advanced technologies to treat and manage sleep apnea patients.  The AAST will present a focused lecture on trends in sleep medicine that are driving the future and discuss the AAST’s strategic plan and how it is designed to ensure a bright future for allied health professionals who are working in sleep medicine.  As you peruse the course agenda, it is apparent that you should attend to receive the valuable information that will be presented.  Course objectives are:

– Discuss trends by payers that drive future roles in sleep technology
– Identify innovative tools that enhance patient management and safety
– Learn to think outside the box to stay ahead to ensure the future
– Describe how the AAST’s strategic plan assures a bright future for the profession

Southern Sleep Society Meeting

The Southern Sleep Society’s meeting agenda includes the latest technological advances in sleep medicine and clinical research.  “Sleep Medicine 2018-Four Decades Later” explores topics on present practice and upcoming technologies and clinical practices that will influence the future of sleep medicine.  

Target audience includes Sleep Physicians, Pulmonologists, Neurologists, Primary Care Physicians, Psychologists, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pulmonary and Sleep Fellows, Sleep Technologists, Respiratory Therapists and Allied Health Professionals.

Course Objectives:
– Define how the past will influence the future of sleep medicine
– Analyze methods to survive and thrive in today’s sleep medicine marketplace
– Recognize growth opportunities in the current landscape
– Discuss novel ideas to navigate new methodology and technology
– Implement expanded knowledge of sleep disorders into clinical practice
 – Identify and navigate roadblocks implemented by payers

Continuing Education Credits

PHYSICIAN CME

Continuing Medical Education credits for Physicians will be available once application receives approval.

ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

Application will be  made to AARC and AAST for 23.75 Continuing Education Credits for the 2018 Southern Sleep Society program.  Allied Health Professionals can also earn partial credits depending on which sessions of the Course and Southern Sleep Society meeting they attend.  These credits will be accepted by the BRPT and The American Board of Sleep Medicine toward credential re-certification.

NURSING CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS

This program will be submitted for 23.75 Contact Hours for nurses.