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April 7, 2011

Summer Meetings Program Online Now
The AARC will be heading to Vail, CO, for this year’s Summer Meetings, July 17–20. The sessions will all be held at the beautiful Vail Mountain Marriott Resort & Spa and promise to deliver the forward-looking information you need to stay on the cutting edge of respiratory care management and education. Two additional courses are free when you register for the Summer Forum. Earn up to 17.09 hours of CRCE. Bring your family along and make a vacation out of the trip before or after the meetings. Early Bird registration rates apply till May 20, plus read about hotel and travel discounts in our online program.

AARC Supports Repeal of Competitive Bidding
The AARC has just sent a letter of support to the Congressmen who introduced legislation to repeal the Medicare competitive bidding program covering durable medical equipment, including oxygen and oxygen equipment. The Association believes the law will have serious adverse effects on chronic respiratory disease patients who depend on supplemental oxygen to breathe easier.

AARC Times Still Seeking Your Stories
Don’t forget to email your stories about how you add value to your organization, or patients who have inspired you, to Debbie Bunch at by April 15. Remember: sum it all up in 300 words or less!

For more on why we need to share “value added” stories, read Debbie’s blog on AARConnect.

Epinephrine Inhaler Going Off the Market Dec. 31
The AARC is reminding RTs everywhere to talk to their patients about the upcoming phase-out of Primatene Mist. If you have patients who rely on this CFC driven over-the-counter epinephrine inhaler, let them know it will not be available after Dec. 31 and then urge them to work with their clinicians to transition to prescription medications to control their asthma.

Register for AARC Congress 2011 Today and Save!
November is still many months away, but if you already know you’ll be attending our AARC Congress 2011, Nov. 5–8 in Tampa, FL, NOW is the time to register. Earlybird savings end April 29. So click on the link and sign up today!

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