Next-Gen Sleep Apnea Test Sends Data to App Throughout the Night

Patients interested in testing themselves at home for sleep apnea now have a few more options. Earlier this year Itamar Medical Ltd. introduced its third-generation WatchPAT home sleep apnea test (HSAT), the WatchPAT 300, and in June 2019, it debuted WatchPAT ONE, which the company calls the first and only disposable HSAT in the market. This month Blue Shield of California (BSC) and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employee Plan (BCBS FEP) included WatchPAT as a covered HSAT, Itamar reported in a news release. It added that changes in the U.S. Centers for Medicare &Medicaid Services (CMS) 2020 Fee Schedule are expected to continue to support and expand the broad use of its WatchPAT technology. “The inclusion of WatchPAT as a technically adequate test for sleep apnea in the Blue Cross Blue Shield Evidence Street assessment validates the clinical value that Itamar’s PAT technology provides, which has resulted in a number of the smaller “blues” adopting WatchPAT in addition to the BS of CA and BCBS Federal Employee Plan,” Gilad Glick, president and CEO, told MD+DI. Instead of measuring airflow coming out of the nose of the patients, WatchPAT technology measures biological signals, such as peripheral arterial tone (PAT) signal, heart rate, oximetry, actigraphy, body position, snoring, and chest via three points of contact. “The PAT signal, combined with other measures...
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