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Town hall meeting to review update of RT practices

The NSRC is hosting two Town Hall meetings to talk about changes to our scope of Practice. Please listen about the process and what you can do to help, said Heather Nichols, president.

Meeting times are

  • Oct 12, 730 p.m. Central/6:30 p.m. Mountain Time.
  • Oct 13 12:00 noon Central/11:00 a.m. Mountain Time.

Much of the wording in regards to respiratory services is outdated, and the scope of respiratory practice has not been updated since 1986, which could lead to respiratory therapists not being utilized to the full extent within their scope of practice, Nichols said. With that, the Nebraska Society for Respiratory Care has applied for a 407 to update the definition of respiratory care and current practices.

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Consider running for NSRC board

Elections to the Nebraska Society for Respiratory Care Board of  Directors are approaching quickly.

"We are always looking for those therapists who would like to be progressive and become involved in the future of our profession," said Dave Patterson, Elections Chairman. "The commitment is not as strenuous as in the past. All BOD quarterly meetings can be attended via webinar or phone, so travel is no longer an issue."

The NSRC currently has BOD members and committee members from across the state. These board positions are open for election this year:

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Input sought for opening up practice act

The Nebraska Society for Respiratory Care is considering opening up its practice act, according to Heather Nichols, NSRC President. Individuals who would like to participate or provide input can reach out to either Heather at, or Jeff Gonzalez, NSRC ByLaw/Legislative Committee chair, at jeff ...

AARC virtual lobby campaign runs through April 30

AARC virtual lobby 2021

The AARC's Virtual Lobby Campaign for respiratory therapists is under way, and continues through April 30. The AARC is asking members to contact their Congressional representatives in support of two important pieces of legisation.

The CONNECT (Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies) for Health Act includes provisions to permanently expand access to telehealth. "Specifically, it promotes increased access to telehealth services by health care professionals, such as respiratory therapists (RTs), who are not currently described as eligible practitioners in the Medicare program’s telehealth benefit, as part of new payment models being tested by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center," according to the AARC.

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