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October 28, 2010

Happy RC Week!
We know you’ve all been busy celebrating National Respiratory Care Week this week and AARC staff members at the Executive Office hope you’ve all had a successful week. Click on the link to meet some of the folks here in the office who are dedicated to your profession, and then let us know how you celebrated by emailing a high resolution photo or two, plus a short description of your activities, to AARC writer Debbie Bunch. We’ll be sharing your stories on the AARC website and in AARC Times.

Don't Forget, Save Money
Earlybird Congress registration ends on Oct. 31. Get yours in now to save some money.

AARC Times Photo Contest: Cast Your Vote for the Winner
AARC Times has received lots of great entries in its annual Photo-of-the-Year Contest, and now it’s time for you to choose the winner.

New Legislation Offers Hope to Pulmonary Rehab Programs
Legislation just introduced into Congress would overturn a strict CMS interpretation of the pulmonary rehab law that’s hurting programs around the country. Specifically, CMS is requiring pulmonary and cardiac rehab programs to be directed only by physicians. HR 6376 would allow these programs to be overseen by non-physician practitioners such as physician assistants and nurse practitioners as well. Click on the link to read more about it and write your members of Congress in support.

Benefit Expansion May Spell Opportunities for RTs
CMS is expanding its smoking cessation counseling benefit, and the upshot for RTs may be greater opportunities to reach more Medicare patients with smoking cessation services in the inpatient and outpatient settings.

AARC Members Make the Most of World Spirometry Day
The Year of the Lung campaign’s World Spirometry Day took place on Oct. 14, and lots of your fellow AARC members took advantage of the occasion to get out into their communities and educate people about spirometry and the role it plays in diagnosing and managing lung disease.

Get Ten for Your State Society 
Did you know we have a friendly competition going among our state societies to see who can get the most people screened for COPD? If you haven’t gotten your ten yet, do it today!

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