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04 Nov

CMS Stuns Pulmonary Community with Significant Drop in Payment for Pulmonary Rehabilitation

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced final rules that update payments to hospitals under the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System beginning Jan. 1, 2017 (CY 2017). These rules include payment for Pulmonary Rehabilitation. In setting payment rates under HOPPS, CMS assigns a Status Indicator to each code to determine how payment… Read more »

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02 Nov

November is the Month to Build Your COPD Skills

Here’s a rundown of what we have available for you — and for your patients and your colleagues too: Our COPD Educator Course can help position you for a greater role in COPD disease management in your hospital. Our Alpha-1 Course covers everything from pathobiology to optimal management to emerging therapies for the leading genetic… Read more »

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02 Nov

COPD Month: We’re Raising Awareness, You Should Too!

November is COPD Awareness Month, and that means we all need to get out into our communities and let people know what this chronic lung disease is all about and how respiratory therapists are involved in its treatment. Go Orange! Here at the AARC, we’re posting COPD-related messages on our social media pages throughout November,… Read more »

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02 Nov

AARC Partner Invites RTs to Asthma Webcast

AARC partner, the Allergy & Asthma Network, is inviting respiratory therapists to attend an upcoming webcast on “Severe Asthma: Evaluation, Management, and New Advances.” Scheduled for Nov. 15, the free webcast will feature Dr. Bradley Chipps, who will bring clinicians up-to-date on the latest developments in caring for people with the severe form of the… Read more »

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31 Oct

Smoking Leads to Excessive Cancer Deaths, More Money for Tobacco Control Could Help

Respiratory therapists regularly advocate for increased spending on tobacco control measures. Unfortunately, tobacco control often gets the short end of the stick in state budgets. New research from investigators at the American Cancer Society suggests that’s taking a toll. Based on large prospective U.S. studies and state-specific smoking prevalence data, they calculated the population-attributable fraction… Read more »

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27 Oct

Good Press: AARC Members in the News November

Good Press: AARC Members in the News features AARC members who were recently noted, quoted and interviewed. Valerie Norwood Janet Fantazia Valerie Norwood talks about her hospital’s new body plethysmograph in this article in The Daily World out of Washington State — including its kid-friendly features. “One on-screen image has a birthday cake with candles on… Read more »

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20 Oct

Love Is in the Air at AARC Congress 2016

Krupa and Nelson posing for their first photo as Fiancés. Ashlyn Krupa couldn’t have been more excited to have her abstract accepted to this year’s Open Forum, and sharing it with her colleagues on Monday was a big thrill for this Boise State University RT student. Little did she know the excitement wouldn’t end with… Read more »

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