Articles tagged with: Advocacy

AARC Advocates for Its Patients

June 14, 2017

AARC Advocates for Its Patients

The AARC has sent comments to the Senate Majority and Minority Leaders with copies to all Senators advocating for affordable and effective health care for patients with chronic respiratory disease. By now you are aware the House of Representatives passed a bill known as the American Health Care Act.  According to the Congressional Budget Office, the... Read more »

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2017 Lobby Events: The Final Results are In!

May 18, 2017

2017 Lobby Events: The Final Results are In!

A total of 32,395 messages were sent with participation from 7,340 activists and 124 PACT members from 41 states plus the District of Columbia. Through the help of these individuals, 318  meetings were scheduled with members of Congress and their Congressional staff. These are the final stats on our 2017 Capitol Hill Advocacy Day and the... Read more »

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State Societies Drive the Message During Virtual Lobby Week

May 18, 2017

State Societies Drive the Message During Virtual Lobby Week

Kentucky Rep. James Comer (center) visited with Tom Cahill (left) and Tina Siddon during Capitol Hill Advocacy Day. AARC PACT members had a great day on Capitol Hill on April 4, bringing the RT message to their members of Congress. But none of it would have been possible without the RTs back home who took... Read more »

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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 »

 

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