The Initiative was introduced into the House of Representatives by Rep. Mike Ross of Arkansas on Mar. 8 just as 120 representatives from the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) were on Capitol Hill to educate their members of Congress on the legislation during the AARC’s annual Lobby Day.
H.R. 941 and a companion bill expected to be introduced into the Senate soon, would recognize qualified respiratory therapists and the services they furnish by amending the Medicare statute to include a new and separate benefit category for respiratory therapy services under the Medicare Part B “medical and other health services” provision.
The benefit would allow certain highly qualified respiratory therapists to provide smoking cessation, asthma management, medication management, and other disease management services to Medicare patients in the physician’s office without the physician having to be physically present in the office.
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