A widely published physician, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva holds a Ph.D. in epidemiology from the University of Texas and is certified in sleep medicine by the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP).
ABP certifies qualified pediatricians in sleep medicine after completing training and successfully passing an exam. ABP offers this certificate in partnership with the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Board of Family Medicine, and others.
Candidates for ABP’s sleep medicine exam must have certificates in general pediatrics or a subspecialty. Candidates also must hold an unrestricted osteopathic and/or allopathic medical license valid in a United States jurisdiction or Canada. ABP does not accept temporary or training licenses. Further, candidates must complete a one-year fellowship training program accredited by the US Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education or Canada's Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. Those undertaking a fellowship part-time must finish it within two years.
Candidates should perform their training under the guidance of a program director who will evaluate their clinical competence and rate their ability to interpret the results of diagnostics tests, such as polysomnography (a type of sleep study) and actigraphy (a method of monitoring rest/activity cycles). Program directors also verify that candidates have completed their training. Candidates who complete their fellowship and receive satisfactory evaluations from their directors can fill out training Verification Forms with ABP. Only candidates who have filed these forms with ABP can sit for the certifying exam.
Board-certified in critical care and sleep medicine by the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP), Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva formerly served as associate executive director for the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva provided Maintenance of Certification (MOC) guidance to members.
The ABP granted the AAP Portfolio Sponsorship Status in November 2012. As a result of this status, the AAP is able to review MOC projects to determine whether they meet continuing medical education requirements for Part 2 (Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment) and Part 4 (Improving Professional Practice and Quality Improvement). The status also enables AAP to identify opportunities for collaboration among its groups that are working on quality improvement.
The AAP MOC Portfolio Program offers an opportunity for members to create and participate in quality improvement projects that will benefit children while simultaneously obtaining MOC credits. There is no fee for the application. The program offers guidance regarding ABP standards as well as quality improvement science mentorship. It also gives members opportunities to connect with other Academy groups.
Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva leverages decades of leadership in healthcare quality leadership and pediatrics as associate executive director at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). A graduate of the DBA program at the University of Strathclyde, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva is responsible for the AAP’s Department of Subspecialty Pediatrics as well as oversight of the organization’s National Committee Appointment Process and Annual Leadership Forum.
Dr. Sachdeva’s presentations include participating in a panel discussion at the international meeting for MetaECHO in New Mexico focusing on new international technologies that impact health of populations. An annual event, the MetaECHO conference brings together project stakeholders including government officials, policy experts, financial experts and philanthropists.
The MetaECHO conference is organized by Project ECHO, which stands for the Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO). The project is a collaborative model of care management and medical education developed at the University of New Mexico. MetaECHO serves individuals and organizations who implement the ECHO model to help improve the availability of healthcare knowledge.
At each conference, Project ECHO stakeholders enjoy networking opportunities, share best practices, and participate in workshops. Moreover, they help advance the democratization of best-practice knowledge to better serve public health. For additional information on the next MetaECHO conference, scheduled for March 13, 2019, in Albuquerque, visit echo.unm.edu.
Since 2012, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva has served as the director of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Department of Subspecialty Pediatrics. To remain apprised of professional developments, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva maintains active membership with several professional organizations, including the American College of Critical Care Medicine (ACCM), of which he is a Fellow.
ACCM Fellows have demonstrated noteworthy contributions in their field at a state, regional, or national level. Each year, applicants submit supporting documentation to prove they qualify for fellowship. The ACCM’s Credentials Committee reviews each potential Fellow’s application. Those who do not qualify receive feedback so they may apply again at another time.
Each applicant must meet specific requirements, including the following:
- Be active within the Society of Critical Care Management for at least two years.
- Hold licensure to practice medicine in the United States or Canada. For those applying as a physician member, they must hold certification from the U.S.
- Contribute significantly to the three areas of leadership, program development, and scholarly contributions.
- Receive sponsorship from at least two people, one of which must be an active ACCM Fellow.
- Devote at least half of his or her time to critical care for at least two years.
For the past 30 years, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva has utilized his medical expertise in a number of outlets, including education, clinical work, and research. Currently, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva serves as the associate director of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), a role he has held for the past five years.
In a recent issue of Pediatrics, an AAP peer-reviewed medical journal, researchers looked at the correlation between arrests among youth who are enrolled in Medicaid and the setting in which they receive their medical care. The study, Preventive Care Utilization among Justice-Involved and Non-Justice-Involved Youth, noted that there is a greater use of emergency rooms than primary care facilities among young people who have been arrested at least one time.
Researchers looked at data of nearly 89,000 teenagers in Marion County, Indiana, over a period of seven years. They found that those who had at least one arrest on their record had higher rates of emergency room visits and lower rates of well-child visits when compared to Medicaid-enrolled teens who had never been arrested. In order to help curb this problem, the study researchers suggested school-based initiatives as a possible way to encourage regular medical care among justice-involved youth.
As the associate executive director of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva oversees significant advances in the practice and research of pediatric medicine. In 2016, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva participated in the national conference of ECHO: the Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes, a partner of the AAP.
Originating at the University of New Mexico, ECHO provides a model of delivering knowledge and experience from advanced medical facilities to underserved populations of the state, particularly those in rural areas. One goal of ECHO is to spread information about children and youth who have epilepsy.
ECHO links primary care doctors in the field with specialists at major medical centers in real time via telehealth technology. Utilising this communications technology, specialists can use case-based learning and clinical management tools to train outlying primary care providers in advanced treatment methods.
Each week, centrally located doctors go on “virtual grand rounds” with local providers, analyzing cases and devising new methods of treatment. Participants in these learning events develop skills for conditions in addition to epilepsy, such as chronic pain or hepatitis C.
Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva is an experienced medical professional who has served as the associate executive director of the American Academy of Pediatrics since 2012. Over the course of his career, he has held administrative positions and sat on internal committees for a range of health care organizations. From 2013 to 2014, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva served the Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement (PCPI) as a member of the executive committee.
Convened by the American Medical Association, the PCPI is dedicated to fostering improvements in patient health and safety by promoting progress in measurement science, clinical registries, and the general quality of health care. PCPI is also actively involved with government regulatory issues such as the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015.
Signed into law by President Barak Obama on April 16, 2015, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) received the full support of PCPI and its member organizations. MACRA significantly changed the ways in which Medicare pays for beneficiary care by creating a new framework for rewarding exceptional health care providers and combining multiple existing quality-reporting methodologies into a single cohesive program. MACRA also put an end to the Sustainable Growth Rate formula for Medicare payments, which had significantly decreased Medicare’s base payment rate for key medical services.
With more than two decades of experience in pediatric care and sleep medicine, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva has held numerous clinical and administrative positions at various institutions. In his current role, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva serves as an associate executive director for the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
The AAP recently published in its Pediatrics journal research that studies the effect that tonsillectomies have in the lives of children post-surgery compared to the watch-and-wait approach of addressing throat infections. While the procedure is commonly performed in children who have extremely high rates of throat infection, this research focused on tonsillectomies performed on children whose infection rates were not quite as severe.
Researchers found that immediate benefits favored the surgical group versus those who opted not to have surgery. Children who had the surgery presented fewer instances of sore throat and consequently visited the doctor for these symptoms less in the first year after surgery.
While there is not a large amount of long-term data available, preliminary reports suggest that the benefits of surgery become less pronounced over time. Additionally, quality-of-life assessments were negligibly different between the two groups.
Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva possesses a PhD in epidemiology, a law degree, and a doctorate of business administration. With more than 30 years of experience in the medical field, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva has numerous publications and appearances to his name, including a presentation at the 2013 Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Pediatric Sleep Conference, where he spoke to the legal aspects of sleep medicine.
The medical-legal issues of sleep disorder medicine encompass three concerns: the potential for violent or harmful behavior during sleep, accidents due to exhaustion while driving or at work, and disability caused by this impairment in the workplace.
The legal cases stemming from these occurrences can be complex, due to the lack of awareness and consciousness, and difficulty proving a defendant was indeed in such a state when the incident occurred.
When it comes to cases involving the workplace where a sleep disorder is in question, the liability of an individual depends largely on the region in which the case is being heard. Precedents for sleep disorder disability cases are few, and the societal stigma attached to sleepiness--that it is a result of laziness and poor work ethic, not a medical disorder--may hinder results.
Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva holds numerous titles with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), including associate executive director. In addition to his many responsibilities at the AAP, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva has served as a principal investigator for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) since 2011.
The AHRQ strives to improve the safety, quality, and affordability of health care through the production of research-based evidence. One of the many informative offerings on their website is a collection of infographics that share trend data related to health care fields in an accessible manner. One image graphs the readmission rates of patients suffering from psychiatric conditions. This data was compiled based on an AHRQ study by the agency’s Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project.
Compared to the 4 percent readmission rate for non-mental-health concerns, in 2012 those with mood disorders were readmitted almost one tenth of the time, and 16 percent of schizophrenic patients were readmitted. For the group of individuals with one of these two disorders, these percentages translated to more than 1.2 million hospital stays that year.
Despite these comparatively high percentages, many more patients with physical ailments receive home care following discharge (14 percent) than do those with psychiatric conditions (only one or two percent). When patients are readmitted to the hospital, they are not only subjected to additional high costs but also face serious disruption in their home lives.
DR. RAMESH SACHDEVA - AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS EXECUTIVE LEADER