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05 Feb

First Editor of RESPIRATORY CARE Passes Away

James Whitacre, MA, RRT and Jeff Ward, MEd, RRT, FAARC. The respiratory care community lost a pioneering member late last month with the passing of James Whitacre, MA, RRT, at the age of 93. One of the earliest members of the AARC, Whitacre served the Association on its Board of Directors in the late 1950s… Read more »

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29 Jan

Putting Patients First

Tom Kallstrom honored at third annual Patient Safety Summit More than 200,000 people in the U.S. die in hospitals every year due to patient safety errors that could easily be fixed by implementing simple practices available to every hospital out there today. Last weekend, leaders in the industry gathered for the third annual Patient Safety,… Read more »

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29 Jan

Popular Program Retires After 25 Years

Current Topics debuts this month For the past 25 years the AARC’s Professor’s Rounds series has been educating respiratory therapists about key topics in the profession. As respiratory therapists came together in department meeting rooms and other venues, they learned how to bring cutting edge therapies to their patients from some of the leading names… Read more »

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22 Jan

Good Press: AARC Members in the News

Debra Szymanski’s RT program is noted for earning the CoARC Distinguished Registered Respiratory Therapist Credentialing Success Award for the third year in a row in this article in the Press and Guide out of Dearborn, MI. “It is a great honor to be recognized as a premiere program in the United States for three straight… Read more »

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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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