The Nebraska Society for Respiratory Care representatives at the PACT Meetings on Capitol Hill this year were Darcy O’Brien-Genrich, Omaha, Linda Nelson, Imperial, and Nancy Nathenson, Lincoln.
Their goal was to garner co-sponsorship of S 342 and HR1077 from our state senators Ben Nelson and Mike Johanns and our Congressmen Adrien Smith, Jeff Fortenberry and Lee Terry. Passage of these bills would provide access to respiratory therapy services for the Medicare pulmonary patient outside of the hospital setting in such sites covered under Medicare Part B including rural health clinics, physician offices, skilled nursing facilities, hospices and outpatient departments.
They also requested support for legislation that would authorize the Chronic Disease Division at CDC to establish a permanent COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) program.
The AARC placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in a solemn ceremony attended by AARC members from across the nation.