The CPAP Assistance Initiative for the Uninsured is a collaboration between HAITILEVE INC and Walton Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine to provide sleep evaluation and treatment for patients with sleep disordered breathing who are unable to obtain medical care due to lack of medical insurance or financial hardship primarily in Walton, Rockdale, Newton, and surrounding counties in the state of Georgia.
Our one-year pilot project objectives include:
- Two Medical consultations per calendar/year will be provided to patients with sleep disorders to assess the need for diagnostic testing and treatment
- 3 Nurse Visits per year will be provided for CPAP/BPAP education, training, setup and follow up
- Quarterly Community education workshops on the importance of sleep hygiene and risks related to sleep apnea will be conducted
- Patients will be referred through an affiliate referral center who will ensure patient meets eligibility criteria to be part of the initiative.
Our one-year pilot program objectives include:
- Patient has no medical insurance coverage
- Patient can show proof of financial hardship
- Patient is referred from one to four affiliate referral center.
- Walton Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine, will provide medical care at our Conyers location Service will be provided twice a month, only on Saturdays.
- Tele Health may be available for selected cases
COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION: AFFILIATE REFERRAL PROGRAM
HAITILEVE INC is seeking to establish partnership with local hospitals, indigent clinics, universities, local churches and community organizations to establish a referral system, that will be able to keep tract of those patients, while we will be providing education to our partners to increase the overall awareness of the danger of untreated obstructive sleep apnea
Walton Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine is the leader in providing world class pulmonary and sleep medicine care in Walton, Rockdale and surrounding counties since 2011. The team is led by Michel Jeannot MD, FCCP, ABSM. He is a board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine and Sleep Medicine. He is the president and owner of Walton Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine, and the CO-Founder of HAITILEVE INC, an organization he created to give back to his native country Haiti, by creating and system and a process capable of transforming ordinary individuals into extra-ordinary leaders so they can change their communities in a profound and sustainable way.
HOW DOES THIS STORY BEGAN?
Dr Jeannot has been so grateful of the opportunity to give back to his local community. The idea of this program originated after Walton Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine, a leader in sleep disorder breathing in Walton, Rockdale and surrounding saw the ongoing struggle of patients needing CPAP intervention however unable to afford it. Dr Jeannot Michel, president and medical director of Walton Pulmonary and his team.
Decided on a giveback initiative in donating refurbished CPAP device to patients who weren’t able to purchase them due to financial hardship
Statement of Need
THE PROBLEM WE ARE TRYING TO SOLVE
Untreated Sleep apnea represent a hidden health crisis, which impact our communities, our families, quality of life, overall health status.
Frost & Sullivan calculated that the annual economic burden of undiagnosed sleep apnea among U.S. adults is approximately $149.6 billion. The estimated costs include $86.9 billion in lost productivity, $26.2 billion in motor vehicle accidents and $6.5 billion in workplace accidents. Untreated sleep apnea also increases the risk of costly health complications such as hypertension, heart disease, diabetes and depression. The report estimates that undiagnosed sleep apnea also costs $30 billion annually in increased health care utilization and medication costs related to these comorbid health risks breakdown of the 150 billion dollars.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleep disorder characterized by a blocked upper airway, causing periods of paused breathing lasting more than 10 seconds. Due to the paused breathing, there is a lack of oxygen throughout the body. This disturbance of air flow causes the body to react by reawakening to once again open the upper airway. Those suffering from OSA experience multiple reawakening events throughout the night causing sleep interruption and overall lack of sleep (National Sleep Foundation, 2019; World Health Organization, 2011)
By Joining forces, Walton Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine, will be able to provide space, and the expertise required to care for patients with sleep apnea who are unable to afford medical care and treatment they deserve. HAITILEVE INC will be able to organize fundraising activities to bring the funds required to provide the service to those patients. Their joint mission is to help as many patients as possible get the treatment that they need. HAITILEVE INC and Walton Pulmonary believe that no one should go untreated due to financial hardship or other issues. The initiative will be funded mainly from socially responsible corporations, community affiliates, individual donors and foundations
THE IMPACT OF THIS INITIATIVE
Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition that can be easily treated with a application of continuous positive airway pressure device (CPAP) or bilevel positive airway pressure device called (BPAP). This treatment can improve sleep quality, reduce daytime drowsiness, and increase vigilance by reducing reawakening events (Montserrat et al., 2001)
The CPAP Assistance Initiative for the Uninsured Patient will save lives, and money some of the impacts of this initiative includes.
BENEFITS FOR THE PATIENTS
BENEFITS FOR THE FAMILY
BENEFITS FOR THE EMPLOYER
BENEFITS FOR THE COMMUNITY
- We expect 90% of patients served will show compliance, defined using the device for more than 4 hrs, at last 20 days in a month
STATUS: In Progress.
Project conception and proposal writing
Building community partnership