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317:30-5-211.28. Sleep studies

Revised 9-12-22

(a) Sleep studies. Sleep studies are the continuous and simultaneous monitoring and recording of specified physiological and pathophysiological parameters during a period of sleep for six (6) or more hours. The study is used to diagnose a variety of sleep disorders and to evaluate a patient's response to therapies such as continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). A sleep study requires physician review, interpretation, and report.

(b) Medical necessity. Sleep studies must be determined by a provider to be medically necessary and documented in the member's plan of care as medically necessary and used for medical purposes. A request by a qualified provider for sleep studies in and of itself shall not constitute medical necessity. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) shall serve as the final authority pertaining to all determinations of medical necessity. Refer to Oklahoma Administrative Code (OAC) 317:30-5-211.2 and 317:30-3-1(f) for policy on medical necessity.

(c) Documentation. All documentation submitted to request services must demonstrate, through adequate objective medical records, evidence sufficient to justify the member's need for the service, in accordance with OAC 317:30-3-1(f)(2). Documentation requirements include:

(1) Legible signature of the qualified provider or non-physician practitioner responsible for and providing the care to the patient;

(2) All pages in the prior authorization request must be clear and legible;

(3) Face-to-face evaluation by the ordering provider, the supervising physician, or the interpreting physician; and

(4) Medical records to support the medical indication for the sleep study including results of sleep scale.

(5) For full guidelines, please refer to

(d) Reimbursement.

(1) Sleep studies for children must be performed in a sleep diagnostic testing facility to be reimbursable.

(2) Sleep studies for adults age twenty-one (21) and older must be performed in a sleep diagnostic testing facility or as a home sleep study to be reimbursable.

(3) A split study beginning on a given date with the titration beginning after midnight on the subsequent date is one (1) study and may not be billed as two (2) consecutive studies.

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