Anyone else regognize

American Association of Sleep Technologists
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American Association for Respiratory Care
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American Society of Electroneurodiagnostic Technologists

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Anyone else regognize

Postby somnonaut » Fri Feb 11, 2011 2:03 pm

that their AAST member number is the same as their AASM member number?
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Postby linuxgeek » Fri Feb 11, 2011 5:21 pm

Sure. Isn't it the same as the SRS number too.

I can't remember now, but I think I had to use my SRS number to register for AAST CECs for APSS.
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Postby Sleepy in the South » Mon Mar 14, 2011 10:13 am

Someone also posted the address of the two organizations and they are same address. Is it safe to say the AASM and the AAST are the same company? They even have the same phone numbers and now the members have the same AAST/AASM member numbers.

To me, AAST = AASM which leaves the techs fighting for themselves. Maybe the BRPT is behind the techs but they are money hungry.

Binary is the closest thing to a true tech association.
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Postby Rattlehead » Thu Mar 17, 2011 4:36 am

I will be attending a AASM Sleep Managers Course at the national office here in a few weeks.

The course is offered by the AASM, but on the application it shows AAST-members pay the "member" fee.

It will be interesting to see how closely the two organizations are integrated in the same building.
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Postby Rattlehead » Thu Mar 17, 2011 4:51 am

I just noticed this while looking at Google Maps........

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American Academy of Sleep - more info »
2510 North Frontage Road, Darien, IL (708) 492-0930 ‎

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Postby RPSGT88athome » Thu Mar 17, 2011 5:41 am

AASM is actually located on Cheese Rd. No kidding.

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Postby Rattlehead » Thu Mar 17, 2011 7:29 am

I'm not sure if the "American Academy of Sleep" is just a typo or not, but I noticed the phone number given is not listed on either the AASM or AAST website...

Possible merger between the two groups into one entity?
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Postby Sleepy in the South » Fri Mar 25, 2011 6:02 am

Not a typo, they are in the same building. I guess a merger had happended but due to the AAST being a "tech" association, i'm guessing they didn't want to make an uprising of sort.

It was interesting to see that a lot of techs were waiting for the AAST to shoot down the AASM test or the 3:1 ratio but since the two companies are the "same" thats not going to happen. The AAST will follow whatever the AASM says. We need new "tech" representation.
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Postby bduce » Fri Mar 25, 2011 7:58 am

IMHO it was a very bad mistake strategically for AAST. By sharing services (which is how it usually starts out - sharing services to lessen costs for all etc etc) you slowly lose your identity. It becomes a takeover by stealth.

We had the opportunity to do the same but decided against because 1. the secretarial costs were high for what was needed and 2. you end up losing your identity

Remember with shared secretarial services it is quite easy for the other association to get information on your inner workings, financial details etc. If they want to take over they will then be able to work out where they need to compete to reduce your cash flows.

I know a lot of physicians: some good, some bad and some just walking egos. The one thing in common is that they are usually very strong personalities who often work long hours but also like to have and expect control.

I notice that the AAST are very quiet on the new certification program. We have sent off communications to the AASM reporting our dismay with these turn of events.
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