Advocacy and Legislation Updates


posted March 5, 2012

Senate Bill 504 (SB 504) http://www1.legis.ga.gov/legis/2011_12/fulltext/sb504.htm, was read on the Senate Floor on February 27, 2012 and was immediately referred to the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. If passed the bill establish the following requirements:
  • Each sleep facility in this state shall be accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
  • In addition to any requirements of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine accreditation criteria, each sleep facility in the state shall: Have a licensed sleep specialist or licensed nurse professional on duty in the facility on a 24 hour basis;
  • Require continuing education and recertification of sleep technologists employed by such facility;
  • Require sleep technologist or polysomnographer training and certification in basic life-saving techniques including cardiopulmonary resuscitation;
  • Provide a defibrillator in each patient room;
  • Prior to a sleep study, secure emergency contact information from the patient and in the event a patient experiences indications of medical distress, the sleep specialist on duty shall be responsible for immediate contact of the patient's emergency contact; and
  • Provide a consent form requiring the patient's signature. This form shall clearly and conspicuously state the potential hazards and risks involved in undergoing a sleep study.
Update posted March 23, 2012 - The GASP Legislative Committee and Board of Directors has met and discussed this issue at length. The Board does oppose a number of elements of this bill but has been advised to NOT go on the attack at this time as this bill will not make it through this session and speaking up will only bring more attention and sensationalism to it.

Talking points issued by the GASP Board of Directors.

posted May 12, 2009

Governor Perdue Signs Legislation Into Law on Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Governor Sonny Perdue announced that HB509 was signed into law today, May 12, 2009.

Legislation to revise the Medical Practice Act, HB 509, passed the Senate and House and was sent to the Governor for his signature on April 15. HB 509 includes language that exempts anyone performing polysomnography acts under the supervision of a physician from the necessity of licensure. The language was drafted by the Governor's Counsel and is meant as a temporary fix to the problem that was identified by the Attorney General with delegation of these acts to an unlicensed healthcare professional. They will need to come back in a future session of the legislature to pass a licensure bill for the profession. (SEE ARTICLE 6)

This will preserve the status quo in the job market until there is enough time to pass a well thought out and properly vetted licensure bill.

To view the full version of HB 509, you can visit the GA Legislature website at http://www.legis.state.ga.us/ and plug the appropriate bill number in the upper right hand corner of the home page (HB ___).