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08 Nov

RTs Celebrate Real Life Heroes

National Respiratory Care Week took place the last week in October, and therapists from Maine to California used the occasion to raise awareness of the profession and the clinicians who play such an integral role in the health and wellbeing of people with respiratory conditions. Here’s a brief look at some of their celebrations —… Read more »

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08 Nov

How Do You Use Incentive Spirometry?

The AARC has been asked to disseminate a survey among its membership aimed at finding out how therapists use incentive spirometry on the job. Developed by a medical student as part of a research project, the five-minute survey is also being circulated among nurses. So take a few minutes to weigh in on this important… 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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02 Nov

November is the Month to Build Your COPD Skills

Here’s a rundown of what we have available for you — and for your patients and your colleagues too: Our Alpha-1 Course covers everything from pathobiology to optimal management to emerging therapies for the leading genetic cause of COPD. Our Guide to Portable Oxygen Concentrators will bring you up to speed on the portable systems… Read more »

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02 Nov

COPD Month: We’re Raising Awareness, You Should Too!

November is COPD Awareness Month, and that means we all need to get out into our communities and let people know what this chronic lung disease is all about and how respiratory therapists are involved in its treatment. Go Orange! Here at the AARC, we’re posting COPD-related messages on our social media pages throughout November,… Read more »

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02 Nov

AARC Partner Invites RTs to Asthma Webcast

AARC partner, the Allergy & Asthma Network, is inviting respiratory therapists to attend an upcoming webcast on “Severe Asthma: Evaluation, Management, and New Advances.” Scheduled for Nov. 15, the free webcast will feature Dr. Bradley Chipps, who will bring clinicians up-to-date on the latest developments in caring for people with the severe form of the… Read more »

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