The NRSC Board has made the difficult decision to not hold a conference in 2021. The board voted on their decision at their last meeting. Planning has now begun for a spring 2022 Conference. Details will be posted when available.
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.
In light of the ongoing pandemic, the NSRC is moving its annual spring conference for 2021 to fall this year. It will be an in-person conference, with the option to attend virtually.
"This decision was based on the feedback we received from a poll on Facebook," said Jill Sands, NSRC President. "We appreciate everyone’s input."
Many Americans are still deciding if they will get the COVID-19 vaccine. The American Lung Association is proud to partner with The Center for Black Health & Equity to provide a science-based, factual guide called Better for It to help begin a conversation on how to make a well-informed decision about COVID-19 vaccination.
Respiratory therapists and professionals are encouraged to use Better For It as a supplement to your own research on the vaccines and to: