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Wednesday
Mar262014

How the ACSDD Differs From Other Sleep Medicine Organizations, With Dr. Michael Krahe, San Diego, California

Dr. Michael Krahe, CEO and Founder of the ACSDD, the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines, in Scottsdale, Arizona says that they differ from other organizations, as evidenced by the comments made by its members.  The words that are continuously spoken to him about the academy's uniqueness really revolves around not only the quality of what they present but the fact that the academy is not out for any political gain that other organizations may get caught up in.

"We've developed a culture of inclusion and openness in the truest sense of the word," Dr. Krahe says, whose members understand that when you've got something to say, as long as it's said professionally, it's open for discussion and consideration.  That's the thread that runs throughout the ACSDD and why its members are really enjoying their experience and why more and more people are joining the academy in place of other choice they may have, Dr. Krahe says.

For those sleep practitioners in the San Diego, California area, more information on the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines can be found at www.acsdd.org.  Dr. Michael Krahe can be reached directly at 814-881-7020.  Dr. Krahe spoke with Sleep Better TV, providing online, on-demand, sleep breathing disorder video content and is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.

Tuesday
Mar112014

The Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines, With CEO & Founder, Dr. Michael Krahe, San Diego, California

The ACSDD, or Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines in Scottsdale, Arizona, is quite different from other sleep organizations.  Dr. Michael Krahe, CEO and Founder of the ACSDD, has taken a very different approach to the treatment of sleep disorder.  He decided that the best approach to patient care is to bring together all the sleep practitioners under one roof to learn together collaboratively and collectively to bring the best care to the patient.

At the ACSDD, Dr. Krahe says that they believe in being inclusive in the sleep healthcare profession, to include dentists, physicians, nurse practitioners, psychologist, psychiatrists, ENT's, technologists, respiratory therapists and many others.

Other organizations that practitioners may be more familiar with follow an approach that tends to be more insular, focusing on one type of probationer or another, which is a great model but has its limitations, Dr. Krahe says.  When practitioners in the sleep field are working together, they have some understanding about what each probationer does and what their role is, he adds.

Another approach the ACSDD uses is that they have a passionate focus on their members.  Dr. Krahe has a philosophy that they are here as an organization to serve their members and he provides every member with his personal cell phone number to get matters resolved without getting lost in a giant hierachy one might find in other organizations.

The ACSDD doesn't get involved in politics or agendas and they don't recommend products, services, people or appliances, as Dr. Krahe feels it's not good for the organizations or member, as it sends a mixed message.  Because each patient is unique, the ACSDD feels it is more important to provide information to the probationer and then the practitioner can make an informed decision for their patient.

The field of sleep medicine really revolves around the physician that "drives the care," and then can work with other healthcare practitioners in improving patient care.  Dr. Krahe finds that there is often a lack of information exchanged between practitioners and the ACSDD has begun the dialogue so others can understand what they do in the treatment triage.The ACSDD has an affiliation with the Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine, one of the top teaching institutions for physicians who wish to learn more about treating sleep disorders. 

To be part of what the ACSDD does in bringing the dentist, physician and other providers together in the treatment of patients in the most effective and efficient way possible, Dr. Krahe "invites you to explore a very different kind of sleep academy, the ACSDD."

For those sleep practitioners in the SanDiego, California area, more information on the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines can be found at www.acsdd.org.  Dr. Michael Krahe can be reached directly at 814-881-7020.  Dr. Krahe spoke with Sleep Better TV, providing online, on-demand, sleep breathing disorder video content and is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.

 

Tuesday
Mar112014

The Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines, With CEO & Founder, Dr. Michael Krahe, San Francisco, California

The ACSDD, or Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines in Scottsdale, Arizona, is quite different from other sleep organizations.  Dr. Michael Krahe, CEO and Founder of the ACSDD, has taken a very different approach to the treatment of sleep disorder.  He decided that the best approach to patient care is to bring together all the sleep practitioners under one roof to learn together collaboratively and collectively to bring the best care to the patient.

At the ACSDD, Dr. Krahe says that they believe in being inclusive in the sleep healthcare profession, to include dentists, physicians, nurse practitioners, psychologist, psychiatrists, ENT's, technologists, respiratory therapists and many others.

Other organizations that practitioners may be more familiar with follow an approach that tends to be more insular, focusing on one type of probationer or another, which is a great model but has its limitations, Dr. Krahe says.  When practitioners in the sleep field are working together, they have some understanding about what each probationer does and what their role is, he adds.

Another approach the ACSDD uses is that they have a passionate focus on their members.  Dr. Krahe has a philosophy that they are here as an organization to serve their members and he provides every member with his personal cell phone number to get matters resolved without getting lost in a giant hierachy one might find in other organizations.

The ACSDD doesn't get involved in politics or agendas and they don't recommend products, services, people or appliances, as Dr. Krahe feels it's not good for the organizations or member, as it sends a mixed message.  Because each patient is unique, the ACSDD feels it is more important to provide information to the probationer and then the practitioner can make an informed decision for their patient.

The field of sleep medicine really revolves around the physician that "drives the care," and then can work with other healthcare practitioners in improving patient care.  Dr. Krahe finds that there is often a lack of information exchanged between practitioners and the ACSDD has begun the dialogue so others can understand what they do in the treatment triage.The ACSDD has an affiliation with the Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine, one of the top teaching institutions for physicians who wish to learn more about treating sleep disorders. 

To be part of what the ACSDD does in bringing the dentist, physician and other providers together in the treatment of patients in the most effective and efficient way possible, Dr. Krahe "invites you to explore a very different kind of sleep academy, the ACSDD."

For those sleep practitioners in the San Francisco, California area, more information on the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines can be found at www.acsdd.org.  Dr. Michael Krahe can be reached directly at 814-881-7020.  Dr. Krahe spoke with Sleep Better TV, providing online, on-demand, sleep breathing disorder video content and is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.

Wednesday
Feb052014

How the Interdisciplinary Model Can Lead to Increased Referrals, With Dr. Michael Krahe, ACSDD Sleep Academy, Scottsdale, AZ and Darien, IL

In a unidimensional model, everyone has their slice of the pie and is protecting that slice, and that can often be the "elephant in the room" when talking to practitioners about an interdisciplinary model of medicine, says Dr. Michael Krahe, Founder and Executive Director of the ACSDD, the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines, in Scottsdale, Arizona. 

What we lack in that perspective, says Dr. Krahe, no matter the speciality is not realizing the increase in referrals as a result.  For example, a dentist, who sees a patient typically twice a year and more often than a physician, can refer a patient over to a physician for a sleep breathing disorder evaluation.  Conversely, if a physician sees a patient and realizes a CPAP device is not correct for that patient, that patient can be referred to a dentist for an oral appliance and the two practitioners continue to work together in treating the patient.

It is Dr. Krahe's belief that the interdisciplinary model will increase the pool of referrals.

The Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines is a leader in education for practitioners treating sleep disorders and has joined with Sleep Better TV. For more information, visit www.acsdd.org and www.sleepbetter.tv .

Michael Krahe, PhD, is the Executive Director and Founder of the ACSDD and is based in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Michael can be reached at michael@acsdd.org.

 

Tuesday
Feb042014

The Challenges Facing an Interdisciplinary Model of Medicine, Dr. Michael Krahe, ACSDD Sleep Academy, Scottsdale, AZ and Darien, IL

There are challenges of making an interdisciplinary model of medicine a reality in today's environment, says Dr. Michael Krahe, Founder and Executive Director of the ACSDD, the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disciplines Disorders, in Scottsdale, Arizona.  A unidimensional model has been around a long time and a lot of people have been invested in that model for a long time.  A lot of systems are also set up that way and breaking those paradigms doesn't come easily but we do know the movement is a flip and it's starting to take place, says Dr. Krahe.  In fact, says Dr. Krahe, federal policy and patient-centered care are becoming strongly encouraged, with some cases beginning to become mandated.  "The shift will happen slowly over time," he says.

The first problem Dr. Krahe notes is that many practitioners in the sleep medicine field are simply not taught an interdisciplinary model so until we start talking about its purposes, Dr. Krahe says we have a hurdle.

There are also organizations that are innovative and are moving in this direction, trying to figure out how to do this and the ACSDD is one of the forerunners in this field.  For the past 4 years, the ACSDD has been maturing and ripening, as we bring in more practitioners into the organization.

Another challenge is the lack of public awareness, in addition to regulatory and legislative inconsistencies that have built up over the years that need to be revamped.  Dr. Krahe also says that there are groups and organizations out there that simply don't want to change because they're at the "top of the heap," and nobody likes to lose their spot.  "We've lost our way with that kind of thinking," because we have fundamentally said the patient is not at the center, says Dr. Krahe.

Dr. Krahe says we are starting to see momentum and the healthcare system is starting to see the importance of an interdisciplinary model but most importantly, he says we are starting to see enlightened individuals recognizing that this is the way to go for the benefit of the patient.  "The ACSDD has been on this path since its inception and we'll continue on it into the future," says Dr. Krahe.

The Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines is a leader in education for practitioners treating sleep disorders and has joined with Sleep Better TV. For more information, visit www.acsdd.org and www.sleepbetter.tv .

Michael Krahe, PhD, is the Executive Director and Founder of the ACSDD and is based in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Michael can be reached at michael@acsdd.org.