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27 Mar

Virtual Lobby Campaign Underway Now!

Respiratory therapists will take center stage on Capitol Hill on April 9, as members of the AARC’s Political Advocacy Contact Team (PACT) travel to Washington, DC, to meet with their representatives in Congress to share vital information about the profession and its patients. But our annual lobby event really starts today with the launch of… Read more »

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10 Sep

20 Patient and Physician Groups Urge the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to Protect Patients Who Use Supplemental Oxygen

Leading organizations urge CMS to use its statutory authority to improve the lives and treatment for Americans who require supplemental oxygen WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 6, 2018) — A group of 20 patient and physician groups submitted comments today regarding the proposed rule on Durable Medical Equipment (DME) and its application to supplemental oxygen. Below is… Read more »

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23 May

Utah Resolution Sheds Light on Opioid Use and RT Role

Joined by medical professionals, caregivers, and patients and their families, Utah Governor Gary Herbert signs the SCR004 resolution to increase awareness of postoperative opioid use by patients. Earlier this spring, Utah’s governor signed the SCR004 resolution, helping raise awareness of postoperative opioid use and encourage in-home monitoring for patients after surgery. “For the untold and… Read more »

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25 Apr

Hill Day 2018: Respiratory Therapists Speak their Mind on Capitol Hill

Contact Congress Today For Hill Day 2018, respiratory therapists, appointed as Political Advocacy Contact Team members by their states, will head to Washington, D.C. on May 1 to lobby their Congressional delegations seeking support for a Telehealth Pilot focusing solely on respiratory therapists. “We want all patients to receive the best possible respiratory care, wherever… Read more »

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05 Oct

RTs and patients come together at annual Summit

The Respiratory Patient Advocacy Summit was held on Oct. 3 in Indianapolis, IN. Respiratory Therapists, along with patients and their caregivers, came together for the annual Respiratory Patient Advocacy Summit on Tuesday, Oct. 3 in Indianapolis, IN. Attendees collaborated to advocate for advancing the quality of care for chronic respiratory patients. Special guest speakers Claire… Read more »

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24 Aug

Patient Advocacy Summit Speakers Share Personal Experiences and Struggles

Helping to kick off our 2017 Congress, the AARC will host its third annual Respiratory Patient Advocacy Summit meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017. The Summit will include special guest speakers Claire Wineland and Grace Anne Dorney Koppel. Wineland and Dorney-Koppel will each share their perspective and insight in living with respiratory illness, as well… Read more »

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05 Jul

Get Set for Virtual Lobby Week – Summer 2017

Following a successful Advocacy Hill Day in April, we’re excited there are now three telehealth bills in Congress that include respiratory care services and respiratory therapists among the professionals covered to provide telehealth. Two of the bills also include remote patient monitoring for individuals with chronic conditions such as COPD. The next step is to… Read more »

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14 Jun

AARC Advocates for Its Patients

The AARC has sent comments to the Senate Majority and Minority Leaders with copies to all Senators advocating for affordable and effective health care for patients with chronic respiratory disease. By now you are aware the House of Representatives passed a bill known as the American Health Care Act.  According to the Congressional Budget Office, the… Read more »

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