News Now @ AARC

September 3, 2009

National Ventilator Survey: YOU Can Make a Difference!
The National Ventilator Survey requested by HHS is making good progress, but the AARC is still short of its goal of including 90% of the nation’s hospitals. Click on the link to read more—and scroll down to the bottom to see how one educational program is really going to bat for the effort.

CDC Turns to AARC to Train RTs on LTV 1200
The CDC has added the LTV 1200 to the Strategic National Stockpile and has asked the AARC to help train the nation’s RTs on the use of the device. We’ll be doing just that on Sept. 22 in a special webcast. Members earn 1.5 free CRCEs for participating in the live version.

COPD Course Heads to Denver
It’s not too late to make plans to attend the COPD Educator Course in Denver, Oct 1–2. Check out the learning objectives to see how you can increase your skills and knowledge in the care of COPD patients.

Learn More About Our 2010 Candidates for Office
Association elections are coming up soon, and you can meet the candidates online now. Voting begins Oct. 6.

CMS Hears from AARC on Proposed PR Regs
The AARC has just issued extensive comments to CMS on the controversial pulmonary rehabilitation regulations. Click on the link to see what we’re saying and why.

AARC Supports Orphan Drug Legislation
A new bill introduced into Congress by Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-TX) is seeking to improve Medicaid coverage for orphan drugs—including those used to treat the hereditary lung condition, Alpha-1—and the AARC is on board.

FDA Appoints Director for New Center for Tobacco Products
The AARC welcomes Dr. Lawrence Deyton to his new post as director of the FDA’s new Center for Tobacco Products. The center will be working to implement the law signed earlier this summer authorizing the FDA to regulate tobacco products.

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