Articles tagged with: Advocacy

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

September 10, 2018

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 »

 

CMS Takes Steps to Address Access Problems Related to Liquid Oxygen

August 8, 2018

CMS Takes Steps to Address Access Problems Related to Liquid Oxygen

Respiratory therapists who treat patients prescribed liquid oxygen by their physician or who must receive high flow oxygen because of their medical condition, know that access has been a big problem since the inception of the competitive bidding program. Recently, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a proposed rule to address the... Read more »

 

Raising the Age to Purchase Tobacco: How RTs Can Help

June 13, 2018

Raising the Age to Purchase Tobacco: How RTs Can Help

It’s well known the vast majority of smokers first took up the habit when they were still in their teens. Raising the age at which people can purchase tobacco products has been seen as a key weapon in the battle to curtail smoking among young adults in our country. AARC Member Sean Severson, MPH, RRT,... Read more »

 

Lobbying for Telehealth Inclusion

May 23, 2018

Lobbying for Telehealth Inclusion

AARC Member Jennifer Blevin, AAS, RRT-ACCS, from Oklahoma meeting with Alaura Ervin from Congressman Steve Russell’s office. More than 130 respiratory therapists, appointed as Political Advocacy Contact Team members by their states, headed to Washington, D.C. on May 1 to lobby their Congressional delegations seeking support for a Telehealth Pilot focusing solely on respiratory therapists.... Read more »

 

Utah Resolution Sheds Light on Opioid Use and RT Role

May 23, 2018

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 »

 

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

April 25, 2018

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 »

 

Changes coming for Oxygen Flow Rate on CMN

March 13, 2018

Changes coming for Oxygen Flow Rate on CMN

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has upcoming changes set for the oxygen Certificate of Medical Necessity (CMN). This change revises and introduces new pricing modifiers for oxygen flow rate. The CMN is used by the CMS to determine coverage and payment for patients in need of oxygen and oxygen equipment. Effective April... Read more »

 

Summer Lobby Week 2017: Mission Accomplished!

July 25, 2017

Summer Lobby Week 2017: Mission Accomplished!

With three telehealth bills that include RTs as covered providers now introduced into Congress, the AARC launched a Summer Lobby Week July 10-14 to garner grassroots support, and we are happy to report the week was a big success. Over the five day period, 3,875 messages were sent to members of Congress by 3,181 individuals.... Read more »

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Summer Lobby Week Campaigns for RT Inclusion in Telehealth

July 11, 2017

Summer Lobby Week Campaigns for RT Inclusion in Telehealth

The AARC Summer Lobby Week closes Friday, July 14. Contact your elected officials to share your opinion on the current telehealth bills. Our summer Virtual Lobby Week continues through Friday, July 14, 2017, so there is still time to reach out to your elected officials. Three telehealth bills have been introduced into the House of... Read more »

 

Get Set for Virtual Lobby Week – Summer 2017

July 5, 2017

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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