AARC Election 2010


Home Care Section Chair-Elect

Greg Spratt BS, RRT, CPFT

Spratt Healthcare Consulting
Philadelphia, MO
AARC member since 1984

AARC Activities:
Member of Home Care Section since its inception. No positions or appointments. Speaker at AARC International Congress, December 1997 Poster Presentation: Behavioral Outcomes Following Use of Noninvasive Positive Pressure Ventilation (NPPV) in Stable Hypercapnic Patients. AARC International Congress, New Orleans, LA, December 1999. Speaker at AARC International Congress, Las Vegas, NV, November 2000. Speaker at AARC 46th International Congress, Cincinnati, OH, December 2001. AARC 47th International Respiratory Congress: Long-Term Oxygen Therapy: The Bigger Picture, Using Protocols in Respiratory Home Care October 2002. AARC 48th International Respiratory Congress, Tampa, FL: Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Overused Diagnosis?; Home Respiratory Therapist: Asset or Liability?; Evidence Based Medicine in Home Care: Where’s the Beef?; Why Respiratory Therapists Can Gain by Helping Primary Care Physicians with Office Spirometry; Creating Evidence Based Homecare. December 2003 AARC 49th International Respiratory Congress, Las Vegas, NV: Home Care 2003. December 2004 AARC 50th International Respiratory Congress, New Orleans, LA: The Home Is Not an ICU: Obstacles to Care. December 2005 AARC 51st International Respiratory Congress San Antonio, TX: Impact of Medicare Modernization Act; Medical Evidence for Long-term Oxygen Therapy. December 2008 AARC 54th International Respiratory Congress Anaheim, CA: Impact of 36-month Oxygen Cap Abstract Poster Presentation; Patient Satisfaction with Self-Applied Home Sleep Testing; Respiratory Clinician Efficiency Training and Tracking in Home Care; Impact of Company-Wide Spirometry Testing on the Identification of Patient Needs.

Affiliate Activities:
Speaker at Missouri Society for Respiratory Care Annual Meeting 1998, 1999.

Related Organizations:
Asthma Education Clinic director and instructor at several area grade and high schools. Smoking Cessation Instructor at hospitals, businesses, and communities. Guest Lecturer, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. Sophomore Pulmonary Medicine Class Guest Lecturer. Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA _ Respiratory Care Program June 1999 Presenter at Health Care Financing Administration’s Public Meeting on Noninvasive Positive Pressure Ventilation held at HCFA headquarters in Baltimore, MD, September 1999. Respiratory Management of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Dallas, TX, October 1999. Respiratory Management of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Dallas, TX. November 1999 Presentation on Home Respiratory Care Standards at American College of Chest Physicians Clinical World Congress on Diseases of the Chest, Chicago, IL. February 2000 On the Frontline of COPD at the Nevada Academy of Family Physicians Congress in Lake Tahoe, NV, March 2000. Respiratory Management of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, ALS Support Group, Atlanta, GA, February 2001. The Effect of Sleep in COPD at the Nevada Academy of Family Physicians Congress in Lake Tahoe, NV, October 2008. International Chest Meetings 2008, Philadelphia, PA, Success Rates in a Patient-Applied Home Sleep Testing Program—Abstract Presentation.

1981 Bachelor of Science—Biology, Truman State University, Kirksville, MO. Regent’s Scholar 1985 Registry Degree in Respiratory Therapy, Biosystems Institute, Tempe, AZ. 1986 Graduate Studies in Education, Truman State University, Kirksville, MO (GPA 4.0). Credentials 1985 Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT), National Board for Respiratory Care 1985 Certified Pulmonary Function Technologist (CPFT), Natl. Board for Resp. Care 1986 Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT), National Board for Respiratory Care.

Waugh JB, Spratt GS, Lain D. Effect of Noninvasive Positive Pressure Ventilation (NPPV) on Quality of Life in Patients with Chronic Hypercapnia in the Home Setting. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. 1999;159:A296 Spratt GK and Petty Thomas L. Partnering for Optimal Respiratory Home Care: Physicians Working with Respiratory Therapists to Meet the Home Care Needs of the Chronic Respiratory Patient- Respiratory Care 2001:46(5):475–488 Spratt GK, Lain DC, Miller P, Lawson M, Blanchard AR, Speir WA. Physician/Patient-Initiated Discontinuation of Long-Term Oxygen Therapy: Time to Re-evaluate Criteria. Chest, October 2001; 120:269 Spratt GK, Macmillan NJ, Porche DJ, Erman M. Success Rates in a Patient-Applied Home Sleep Testing Program. Accepted for publication and presentation to Chest Meetings, Philadelphia, PA, October 2008 Spratt GK, Macmillan NJ, Erman M. Patient Satisfaction with Self-Applied Home Sleep Testing. Accepted for publication in Respiratory Care and presentation to AARC 54th International Respiratory Congress Anaheim, CA, December 2008.

What is your vision of the AARC in 2015?
As COPD, sleep apnea, and other chronic respiratory diseases continue to grow in incidence and impact on society across the US and around the world, the need for quality home respiratory care will be critical. Respiratory Therapists are positioned as the most qualified health care professional to work with physicians in providing exemplary respiratory home care. Many opportunities lay ahead for RTs to expand our scope of influence; however, we must continue to evolve in how we provide care. Our vision and expertise must enlarge to include involvement in additional care paths (e.g., home health, disease management, home rehab, home sleep testing, telemedicine, etc.) along with the home medical equipment environment. Key to this will be continued efforts to demonstrate the clinical and financial benefits of RT involvement and development of reimbursement mechanisms that include payment for RT services.

What have you done in the last 5 years to promote the profession in your community?
In addition to over 27 years of involvement in providing hospital and home respiratory care in my community, regionally, and nationally, I have been involved in efforts to spread word of the benefit RTs can bring. I have worked by publishing papers, providing presentations, and serving in home care sections within multiple organizations outside the AARC, including the Missouri Society for Respiratory Care, American College of Chest Physicians, American Thoracic Society, National Lung Health Education Program, and American Academy of Sleep Medicine. My efforts also include a variety of voluntary efforts in my community including: Teaching asthma clinics to children, parents and teachers at local schools, providing spirometry clinics at community health fairs, providing smoking cessation classes to my community. Working with school Smoke Busters programs, teaching spirometry to medical school classes, speaking at RT schools on respiratory home care, volunteering for medical trips to third-world countries, writing patient newsletters “Breathe Easy” and “Sleep Easy”, distributed free to over 100,000 patients with chronic lung disease and sleep apnea, promoting respiratory therapy as a career at area schools and job fairs.