AARC Social Media Advocacy Toolkit

Social media is a great way to strengthen public awareness about issues that are important to advancing respiratory care and the profession.

Direct Supervision of Cardiac (CR) and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (PR) Services

Join the AARC in spreading the word about the need to expand access to pulmonary rehabilitation services and to the expertise of RTs by expediting access to include physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and clinical nurse specialists to provide direct supervision, prescribe exercise, administer the programs, and sign treatment plans. Currently, only physicians can provide these services. Ask Congress to cosponsor the Improving Access to Quality Cardiac Rehabilitation Act (H.R. 1956/S. 1986). Let your voice be heard!

Use and share these social media resources to promote your lobby efforts. Looking for a hashtag? Use #pulmrehab, #aarclobby, #patientsneedPR, #advocateforRTs, #expandPRnow and #improvePRaccess in your social media posts to help unify our messages.

Social Media Post Graphics: Share with Respiratory Therapists & Healthcare Providers

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Suggested Copy for Your Post:
Moving up the date to add nonphysicians to provide direct supervision in cardiac and pulmonary rehab programs can increase patient access in areas where there are physician shortages. Ask Congress to co-sponsor the “Increasing Access to Quality Cardiac Rehabilitation Act” (H.R. 1956/S. 1986)! https://p2a.co/emuAZaq #pulmrehab #patientsneedPR #aarclobby
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Suggested Copy for Your Post:
Improved access to respiratory therapists as part of a pulmonary rehab program can reduce exacerbations and improve an individual’s quality of life. Ask Congress to co-sponsor the “Increasing Access to Quality Cardiac Rehabilitation Act” (H.R. 1956/S. 1986)! https://p2a.co/emuAZaq #advocateforRTs #expandPRnow #aarclobby
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Suggested Copy for Your Post:
Pulmonary rehab can improve survival rates and RTs can help. Expand coverage now to add nonphysicians to prescribe exercise and provide direct supervision. Ask Congress to co-sponsor the “Increasing Access to Quality Cardiac Rehabilitation Act” (H.R. 1956/S. 1986)! https://p2a.co/emuAZaq #aarclobby #improvePRaccess #pulmrehab

Virtual CR and PR Services in the Home

Join the AARC in asking Congress to make permanent virtual cardiac (CR) and pulmonary rehab (PR) services furnished in an individual’s home. Let your voice be heard! Current temporary waivers granted during the public health emergency (PHE), allow CR and PR services to be furnished to beneficiaries in their homes as Medicare telehealth services by physicians or practitioners and through the CMS Hospital Without Walls (HWW) initiative by a hospital outpatient department. Respiratory therapists can also provide telehealth services in which an eligible practitioner bills Medicare under the “incident to” benefit in the physician office. Without further authority from Congress, those flexibilities will cease at the end of the PHE. We want Congress to make these temporary waivers permanent.

Use and share these social media resources to promote your lobby efforts. Looking for a hashtag? Use #virtualPRworks #keeppatientshome #keepvirtualPR #weneedRTs #virtualPRbyRTs in your social media posts to help unify our messages.

Social Media Post Graphics: Share with Respiratory Therapists & Healthcare Providers

Tap or click on an image below to open a full-sized version in a new window, then right-click or tap-and-hold to save it.

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Suggested Copy for Your Post:
Individuals in rural areas need access to PR services in their homes to improve their health outcomes. Ask Congress to make permanent virtual CR and PR services after the current flexibilities expire! https://p2a.co/emuAZaq #aarc.lobby #virtualPRworks #keeppatientshome
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Suggested Copy for Your Post:
Virtual PR services allow RTs to observe exercise in a patient’s home in real time to help meet their educational needs, observe exercise, and ensure patient adherence. Ask Congress to make permanent virtual CR and PR services after the current flexibilities end! https://p2a.co/emuAZaq #keepPRvirtual #virtualPRbyRTs #aarclobby
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Suggested Copy for Your Post:
If Congress does not act, individuals in PR programs who benefit from the virtual expertise of RTs in their home under current waivers will lose access. Ask Congress to make permanent virtual CR and PR services after the current waivers end! https://p2a.co/emuAZaq #keepPRvirtual #virtualPRbyRTs #weneedRTs

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