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15 Jan

Multidisciplinary Course Addresses Pulmonary Disease Education

As more and more focus is placed on reducing hospital readmissions, respiratory therapists are increasingly working with the multidisciplinary team to provide pulmonary disease management services. In collaboration with several other organizations, the AARC is launching a Pulmonary Disease Educator Course aimed at covering key components of pulmonary disease education for COPD, pulmonary fibrosis, asthma,… Read more »

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09 Jan

AARC Respiratory Therapist Human Resource Study 2014 Released

Using formal surveys, the American Association for Respiratory Care conducted a study of three groups within the respiratory care profession in the spring of 2014. AARC’s Respiratory Therapist Human Resource Study 2014 provides comprehensive data that ranges from demographics, wages, procedures, hours, trends in patient care and more. Surveys were completed by a record number… Read more »

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05 Jan

RTs Among Clinicians Named “Midlanders of the Year”

We’re all familiar with Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year.” Every year the editors of the Omaha, NE, World-Herald do a similar feature story on the person or persons who made the biggest impact on their community in the past 12 months, and in 2014 the honor went to the brave clinicians at the Nebraska… Read more »

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29 Dec

Take a Break and Celebrate “You!”

This year’s awards ceremony at AARC Congress 2014 was all about celebrating the people and events that have impacted our profession in 2014. And much of it was about all of us—a celebration of respiratory therapists everywhere. Here are some short video clips we used during the awards program. Watch them any time you need… Read more »

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26 Dec

Medicare Payment for Pulmonary Rehab Gets a Boost in 2015

Update on Pulmonary Rehab CPT Codes Effective January 1, 2015, the payment rate for hospital outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation programs for Medicare beneficiaries who meet the guidelines for moderate, severe, and very severe COPD (CPT Code G0424) will be $52.35. This is a substantial increase over the past two years which saw rates hover between $39… Read more »

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17 Dec

MA Medical Firm Fined for Using Unlicensed Personnel

The AARC has just learned that the Department of Justice has won a case in Massachusetts against a medical supplier that was using unlicensed personnel to provide sleep apnea and respiratory therapy equipment to home care patients and bill Medicare and Medicaid for these services. In this particular case, the supplier continued to use unlicensed… Read more »

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17 Dec

Request for Abstracts at AARC Congress 2015

Abstracts Submission Deadline: May 1, 2015 AARC Congress is an international respiratory education meeting that attracts more than 6,000 attendees annually. Preparing for this annual event takes considerable effort with planning that begins more than 1 full year before the meeting. The AARC invites you to submit Abstracts from original studies for presentation at the Congress’ Open Forum…. Read more »

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04 Dec

AARC Attends National Coalition on Opioid Patient Monitoring

AARC Keynote Address Join the Patient Safety Roundtable AARC was among the organizations represented at a recent coalition meeting on monitoring of patients on opioids, where respiratory therapists and this year’s AARC Congress Keynote Speaker were also featured. Held Nov. 13-14, the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) Foundation Healthcare Technology Safety Institute… Read more »

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04 Dec

Nebulizer Cleaning—Final State Survey Worksheets Released

Download The Surveyor Worksheet After almost two years, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released the final version of State Surveyor Worksheets that were part of a Pilot Safety Initiative regarding Hospital Conditions of Participation related to infection control. Of interest to respiratory therapists was the guideline surveyors were using as part of the… Read more »

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04 Dec

Good Press: AARC Members in the News

Jean Bellinghausen writes about her experiences caring for Ebola patients in the Nebraska Medical Center’s Biocontainment Unit in this article on the Live Well Nebraska website. “While wearing PPE, we always keep an eye out for each other,” she wrote. “If someone thinks you look tired, hot or need to sit down, they’ll make sure… Read more »

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