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The Evolving RT in the Homecare World

RTs need to be proactive in patient education to reduce hospital readmits.

By Janet McIntyre, RRT

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The reality is that with the decreasing reimbursements for RT Home equipment, home care companies will not be able to keep RTs on staff without reimbursement for their services. The AARC is trying to get a bill passed through Congress that will recognize RTs as a reimbursable service. I urge all RTs who want to be recognized by Medicare to email their federal senators and reps (use AARC Capital Connection) and urge them to support RT.

Kenneth Kraut,  Staff Therapist,  St. Vincent Health CenterApril 28, 2013
Erie, PA

Good observation, there is need for more campaign about this issue.

Akosua  Aikman March 13, 2013
Brooklyn , NY

That is what I am hoping to do. Create an awareness that we as RT's provide a valuable and reimbursable service in the home that RN's and LPN's just can't do. We are a specialty but not recognized as such.

Janet March 12, 2013

I confess that I do not understand Medicare not reimbursing for respiratory therapy. Although CMS does not pay for my visits, our company has the policy that if someone is admitted to our home care agency with pulmonary medications that I go for at least one visit to educate them regarding their disease and insure that they are using their meds properly. Every patient that I have seen in the past 3 years has told me at least once "no one told me that before". Just helping them identify their triggers can make a huge difference in their quality of life and make them feel that they have some degree of control over their disease. Home care is the perfect environment for this as you are giving that person your undivided attention for the duration of the visit.

Maureen Sebangiol,  Director of Quality Assurance,  Marianas Health, LLCMarch 12, 2013
Saipan, HI

I agree, I spend a good amount of time teaching patients how their lungs work. They always appreciate the information. They say no ones ever told them about how the lungs work. I think home care would supply them with the one on one info and demonstration they need to remember.

sussn sopel,  RRT,  long beach memorialMarch 12, 2013
long beach, CA

This supports a case for the RT's to be reimbursed by Medicaid/Medicare for COPD and and Asthma education in the home care environment. Patients need more education and training in order to maintain their disease processes with less hospital admissions.

Lisa Lowry,  RRT,  Advantage MedSolutionsMarch 12, 2013
Raeford, NC


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