Articles tagged with: Advocacy

Pressure Put on CMS to Fix Problems with Home Mechanical Ventilation

May 2, 2017

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 »

 

A Day in the Life: Three AARC PACT Members Share Their Stories

April 19, 2017

A Day in the Life: Three AARC PACT Members Share Their Stories

The California delegation took time out for a “selfie” in front of the Capitol Building. Pam Ditto, MBA, RRT, CPFT, headed to DC from her home in Tennessee, eager to team up with long-time PACT buddy Tammy Robinson, RRT, for the AARC’s day on the Hill. Gary Wickman, MS, RRT, FAARC, arrived in town on... Read more »

 

A Student’s Impressions on Hill Day

April 19, 2017

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 »

 

Telehealth is Right Here, Right Now for South Carolina RT

April 3, 2017

Telehealth is Right Here, Right Now for South Carolina RT

Anita Shuler gets ready to conduct a telehealth session with a student and school nurse at a local school. “Thank you so much for teaching me.” Anita Shuler, RRT, AE-C, regularly hears comments like that from the children she provides asthma education to via a telehealth initiative operated by the Medical University of South Carolina... Read more »

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PACT Members Have What It Takes

March 28, 2017

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 »

 

What is Telehealth and Why Should Respiratory Therapists Care?

March 15, 2017

What is Telehealth and Why Should Respiratory Therapists Care?

The AARC PACT will head to Washington, DC, on May 1 and next week we’ll be asking AARC members across the country to email their members of Congress in support of the key issue PACT representatives will be talking about: gaining support for pilot telehealth legislation that will focus solely on respiratory therapists to provide... Read more »

 

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

March 1, 2017

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 »

 

AARC Brings RTs, Patients Together in Second Annual Advocacy Summit

November 23, 2016

AARC Brings RTs, Patients Together in Second Annual Advocacy Summit

Enable cookies to see embeded content. Building relationships and advancing respiratory care were the key goals of the second annual Respiratory Patient Advocacy Summit that took place just prior to AARC Congress 2016 in San Antonio this past October. Respiratory therapists from the AARC gathered with patients and caregivers to talk about key issues of... Read more »

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

November 4, 2016

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 »

 

COPD National Action Plan: Respiratory Therapists Can Make a Difference

November 2, 2016

COPD National Action Plan: Respiratory Therapists Can Make a Difference

The AARC is proud to submit comments on the first ever COPD National Action Plan developed by the National Heart, Lung, Blood Institute (NHLBI). This landmark document is long overdue and advocated by the AARC, COPD Foundation, and many others. The plan came together as a result of a COPD Town Hall meeting held earlier... Read more »

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