Medicare Respiratory Therapist Access Act HR 2619
September 4, 2013
This important legislation would amend Medicare Part B to add coverage of pulmonary self-management education and training services when furnished by qualified respiratory therapists in the physician practice setting to Medicare patients who have been diagnosed with COPD, asthma, pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary fibrosis and cystic fibrosis. If enacted, this new benefit will not only enhance patient access to respiratory therapists, it will also provide Medicare pulmonary patients with the tools they need to lead healthier lives through self-management of their disease.
We’ve put together two documents that help explain the Medicare Respiratory Therapist Access Act. The first is a one page background paper that briefly describes the legislation. We have also put together a set of frequently asked questions for AARC members to explain in much more detail the intent of the bill and how it has changed from the previous legislation we worked on. View the FAQs.
In order to have this important legislation passed, members of Congress must hear from you their constituents. Members of Congress won’t know it’s important to their voters unless you let them know it’s important. Go to Capitol Connection and send an message to your member today.