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AARC Position Statement Goes Out to Medicaid Directors, RC Boards

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June 14, 2010

The AARC’s Long Term Care Section recently asked the Board of Directors to send a letter to all state Medicaid directors asking them to officially adopt the Association’s position statement on Delivery of Respiratory Therapy Services in Skilled Nursing Facilities Providing Ventilator and/or High Acuity Respiratory Care.

The letter specifically notes that Tennessee has incorporated the standards outlined in the AARC statement into its state Medicaid law and encourages other states to follow suit.

“The work of respiratory therapists in the long term care arena has demonstrated that the profession produces desired outcomes for these patients and an ability to liberate the difficult-to-wean patient from mechanical ventilation,” says AARC President Timothy Myers, BS, RRT-NPS, noting that difficult-to-wean patients in particular require a specialized skill set that respiratory therapists are uniquely qualified to provide based on their education and clinical training.

“Based on this evidence and the standards established in Tennessee with TennCare, the AARC felt it was necessary to craft a position statement and communicate it nationwide to the state Medicaid directors in the other 49 states.”

A similar letter went out to state Boards of Respiratory Care to inform them of the position statement as well.

You can read the Medicaid directors letter in Adobe Reader format.