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02 May

Pressure Put on CMS to Fix Problems with Home Mechanical Ventilation

For over two years, the AARC has worked diligently with other national pulmonary medical societies and patient groups to address problems with access to home mechanical ventilation.  Technologies have changed over the past decade and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has not kept pace, resulting in inappropriate billing, increased utilization, and a… Read more »

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19 Apr

A Student’s Impressions on Hill Day

Neil Kleinschmit got a firsthand look at respiratory advocacy during our 2017 AARC Capitol Advocacy Day on April 4. This April, I had the opportunity to be a part of the process. I had the chance to help make a difference in the lives of millions of people across my state and country. This April,… Read more »

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28 Mar

PACT Members Have What It Takes

The AARC’s Political Advocacy Contact Team will be in Washington, DC, next Tuesday to lobby members of Congress on issues important to the respiratory care profession and the patients who depend on our care. Their main message: include RTs in any telehealth legislation that is introduced into Congress this year. Who are these PACT members… Read more »

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01 Mar

De-License RTs in Iowa? Don’t Count on It!

Tuesday, Feb. 21 dawned as just another winter’s day for RTs in Iowa. But it sure didn’t end that way. Late in the afternoon leaders in the Iowa Society for Respiratory Care (IaSRC) were contacted by their lobbyist, Matt Eide, who told them a bill had just been introduced into the legislature calling for the… Read more »

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04 Nov

CMS Stuns Pulmonary Community with Significant Drop in Payment for Pulmonary Rehabilitation

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced final rules that update payments to hospitals under the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System beginning Jan. 1, 2017 (CY 2017). These rules include payment for Pulmonary Rehabilitation. In setting payment rates under HOPPS, CMS assigns a Status Indicator to each code to determine how payment… Read more »

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26 May

AARC Supports Legislation To Delay Medicare Competitive Bid Rollout

Respiratory therapists who provide home care services to Medicare beneficiaries have raised serious concerns about the impending rollout of the Medicare Competitive Bid Program in rural and other non-compete areas of the country. Under the current plan, RTs fear many patients would be left without access to the respiratory-related durable medical equipment (DME) they need… Read more »

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