News Now @ AARC

July 1, 2010

A Big Win in Hawaii!
RTs in Hawaii got some big news earlier this week – Governor Linda Lingle signed their licensure bill into law on Monday afternoon. Therapists have been working toward this goal for years, and are proud to be joining 48 other states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico in regulating the profession via licensure.

CMS Proposes Upping Pulmonary Rehab Rates
More good news this week came out of CMS. The AARC has learned the government agency has proposed positive changes to the payment rates for pulmonary rehabilitation.

The AARC has also just published a new set of FAQs on the pulmonary rehab benefit. Find the link here.

Six Decades of Service
AARC member Col. William Bernhard, MD, has been serving our country longer than most RTs have been alive. Now his 60-year career has taken him to Germany, where he’s working to ensure soldiers are better prepared for the emotional tolls of combat.

Deceptive Promotion Continues
A deceptive promotion issued by a company has continued despite their assurances that they would correct information on their website.

States React Favorably to AARC Position
At least two more states may be considering adoption of an AARC position statement on the delivery of respiratory care in skilled nursing facilities.

Singing CF Sisters Wow National Audience
Click on the link to see a great story about two sisters with cystic fibrosis who stole the show during last week’s America’s Got Talent.

Sign Up Now for BiLevel Ventilation Webcast
Don’t miss next Wednesday’s webcast on BiLevel Ventilation Theory and Application. In a session sponsored by Drager, presenter Robert L. Chatburn, RRT-NPS, FAARC, will compare and contrast airway pressure release ventilation and bilevel positive airway pressure. Attend the live session and earn one FREE CRCE.

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