Legislative

Massachusetts Continuing Education Changes

The MSRC has received multiple requests for an update on the proposed changes to the continuing education requirements. The Massachusetts Board of Respiratory Care has not made a decision on the proposed changes.

When the Board of Respiratory Care makes their decision on the proposed changes, we will notify the membership. Please click on the link above to learn more about the proposed changes.

2018 Virtual Lobby Week

Today, April 11th, kicks off the AARC Virtual Lobby Campaign.  Every year the AARC and the state affiliates send representatives to Washington DC to advocate for the profession and ultimately the patients that we provide care for.  This year the AARC Hill Day is on May 1st.   Donna Sullivan and myself along with about 200+ people from around the country will be meeting with Senators and House Representatives from our respective states and districts asking them to support RT and Telehealth.    We are asking Congress to support a pilot study that uses Respiratory Therapists as Telehealth Practitioners.  To learn more about the proposed pilot study, you can go to the AARC Virtual Lobby site (http://www.aarc.org/advocacy/congressional-legislation/aarc-virtual-lobby-campaign/

Before we meet with them on May 1st, we need to have YOU help us.  We need you to reach out to your House Representative and Senators to let them know how important it is that they support Respiratory Therapy and Telehealth.  You can do this by going to the AARC Phone to Action site (https://p2a.co/lowDE4J)  There you can find the links.  Click on the link that fits your category and from there, a couple of bits of information (Name, Address, email etc.) and you can email, Tweet, Facebook or even call your House Representative and Senator and urge them to support RT as telehealth practitioners.    

This process takes just a few minutes of your time and yet will have an impact on how we as Respiratory Therapist take care of our patients.  Feel free to share the Phone to Action link with friends, family, other RT’s, patients, and other MD’s.  If you do not believe that your voice matters, last year when I went, every single Senator and Representative knew about us coming and that they had heard from patients, healthcare providers, caregivers and more importantly Respiratory Therapist how important it was to support Telehealth bills and the impact it will have to our patients and the roll and impact that Respiratory Therapist have on our patients.  We were able to get all of their support.  We need to make sure that they still have our back and the back of our patients in this proposed pilot program.

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 get co-sponsors for these bills.

H.R. 2948 Medicare Telehealth Parity Act of 2015

Important Information, this bill will help us in coming one step closer to medicare billable service. 

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Reps. Mike Thompson (D-CA) Gregg Harper (R-MS), Diane Black (R-TN) and Peter Welch (D-VT) today introduced H.R. 2948, the Medicare Telehealth Parity Act of 2015. The bipartisan legislation will expand coverage of telehealth services under Medicare by putting them on the path toward parity with in-person health care visits.

Send an email supporting this bill here

http://mikethompson.house.gov/newsroom/press-releases