U.S. Congress Takes Up AARC Initiative

AARC Capitol Connection – Write to Congress Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) has introduced the AARC-backed Medicare Respiratory Therapist Access Act in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill, identified as HR 2619, will permit qualified respiratory therapists to provide self-management services to Medicare patients in physician’s offices. “We have listened Continue Reading →

New Polysomnographic Technology Authorization Law Takes Effect in NYS

Chapter 262 of the Laws of 2011, effective August 3, 2012, established the profession of Polysomnographic Technology in New York State. Individuals must now hold authorization from the Education Department to provide polysomnographic technology services or to use the title “Authorized Polysomnographic Technologist.” Licensed individuals who are already permitted to Continue Reading →

Position Statement Clarifies Medication Scheduling Issues

AARC with input from North Carolina respiratory therapy leaders immediately began researching the situation and ultimately went to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to address the issue from a nationwide standpoint. CMS suggested that the AARC develop a Position Statement clarifying the profession’s stance on the delivery Continue Reading →