The Massachusetts Society for Respiratory Care
represents Respiratory Therapists by promoting, advocating, and educating the respiratory community.

 

Promoting

Demonstrate the value of the respiratory therapist in providing respiratory care by supporting, conducting, and publishing research information. Research should compare the value of the respiratory therapist to others who may provide respiratory care services. Information generated should consider the needs of employers, legislators, regulators, other health professionals, and patients. Research efforts will, when appropriate and possible, be conducted in collaboration with other healthcare stakeholders.

Advocating

Advocate at the federal and state level for health care policy that promotes access to appropriate, safe, and effective respiratory care for patients and the public. Develop and implement promotion/marketing of the respiratory therapist targeted to legislators, policy makers, and payers. Messages will emphasize the value of the respiratory therapist in controlling the utilization of services, creating cost savings, improving outcomes and patient safety, and increasing access to respiratory care as provided by a respiratory therapist.

Educating

Deliver top level education with respiratory therapists in mind. Our yearly conference that has been actively educating respiratory therapists, nurses, physicians, and other health care professionals for over 30 years. This conference is held annually in the fall. 

Early Professional Membership for Students

 

How does the Early Professional Membership work?

To qualify as an Early Professional Member, students must join the AARC prior to their graduation. Members joining after graduation will not be eligible for this program. Each tier of membership is based on the member’s join date — not their status in or out of school. We want early professionals to take full advantage of the benefits of AARC membership as early in their career as possible.

Early Professional Membership Rates:

Year 1 enroll: $25
Year 2 renewal: $25
Year 3 renewal: $40
Year 4 renewal: $60
Year 5 and beyond renewal: Active Member Pricing

Discounts apply in the first four years of AARC membership. Members must renew their AARC membership each year before it expires to remain in the program. If AARC membership lapses, they will be removed from the tiered pricing.

Join online or contact our Customer Service team at (972) 243-2272 (Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. central).

H.R. 2508 BREATHE Act

 
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H.R. 2508
Officially known as the Better Respiration through Expanding Access to Tele-Health Act, will support a three-year pilot project allowing qualified respiratory therapists (RTs) to serve as telehealth practitioners to deliver disease management services to Medicare beneficiaries with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

Contact Congress
The AARC urges respiratory therapists and their supporters to contact their House members May 14-23 and ask them to co-sponsor this vital legislation. (Campaign action center opens May 14.)

We would like everyone to contact their Senators and ask them to introduce companion legislation.

Spread the word
You'll find great resources and tools to help you easily share your support for the BREATHE Act with your legislators on our Lobby Campaign webpage, including direct and easy access to sending emails, messages, and social media posts, as well as calling your representatives.

The AARC Lobby Campaign webpage is now live. Check out the site and send your messages about why you believe the BREATHE Act is important to the care and treatment of your patients with COPD today.

May 20 reach your Congressional Leaders via Twitter. Twitter is a highly influential tool for persuading Congressional leaders on legislation, so spread the word to your coworkers and friends that May 20 we will flood Twitter with our message! By sending mass 'blasts' of messages to our congressional leaders we can have our voice heard loud and clear.

As you help spread this message, tag the AARC (@aarc_tweets on Twitter or @aarc.org for Facebook) and include #HR2508, #breathingmatters, #aarclobby, and #telehealth in your posts.

Your voice matters
You are the voice of respiratory care and we need all of your voices to be heard to ensure the success of this legislation.