Home Respiratory Care Services

Home respiratory care is defined as those prescribed respiratory care services provided in a patient's personal residence. Prescribed respiratory care services include, but are not limited to:

These services are provided on a physician's written, verbal or telecommunicated order and practiced under appropriate law, regulation, and qualified medical direction or physician supervision. A patient's place of residence may include, but is not limited to: single-family homes, multi-family dwellings, assisted living facilities, retirement communities, and skilled nursing facilities.

The goals of home respiratory care are to:

It is the position of the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) that the respiratory therapist—by virtue of education, training, and competency testing—is the most competent health care professional to provide prescribed home respiratory care. The complexities of the provision of home respiratory care are such that the public is placed at a significant risk of injury when respiratory care services are provided by unqualified persons, either licensed or unlicensed, rather than by persons with appropriate education, training, credentials, and competency documentation.

Although access to home respiratory care is limited at this time by reimbursement for services, it is the position of the AARC that practitioners who are employed to provide home respiratory care possess the Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) or Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential awarded by the National Board for Respiratory Care, as well as state licensure or certification where applicable.

Effective 12/14/00
Revised 12/07
Revised 07/10