Virtual Lobby Week begin March 28, prior to our Capitol Hill Visit on April 12. That's when 160 RT’s including patients will ask for support for The Medicare Telehealth Parity Act (H.R 2948).
Please encourage your colleagues -- including RT, nursing, physician, patients, family and friends -- to send electronic letters to Capitol Hill. It only takes a minute. Please also consider using social media to ask for support.
To send your letter
- Go to the Virtual Lobby Week website: https://c.aarc.org/advocacy/lobby_week/
- Click Email members of Congress.
- Click Respiratory Therapists: Support Medicare Telehealth Parity Act.
- Enter your Zip Code. Your Congressional Representative and Senators will appear.
- Scroll down to the Editable Text Letter. Add your own personal message anywhere within the letter (optional).
- Sign your name.
- Enter your sender information.
- Click Send Message.
Telehealth is the future in healthcare. To have eyes on a patient at home or in a remote location and ensure they have the understanding of their medications and oxygen use is important. Oxygen use will play a huge role in improving quality of life of our patients and decreasing hospital admissions and readmissions
H.R 2948 is important to respiratory therapists (RTs) and the respiratory profession because it would expand current Medicare telehealth coverage to permit RTs to furnish telehealth services and add respiratory care to the list of covered services.
What RTs can do to improve patients’ outcomes via telehealth
- RTs are specifically educated, trained and competency-tested in all aspects of pulmonary medicine.
- A telehealth disease management program would permit RTs to treat, assess and manage the outcomes of patients with chronic respiratory conditions.
- Medicare beneficiaries trained by RTs via telehealth to recognize and reduce the symptoms and triggers of their chronic lung disease can lead to reduced exacerbations and lower the incidence of costly acute care interventions.
- RTs can also help reduce costs by improving patients’ medication adherence and utilization of oxygen through instruction on proper inhaler techniques and oxygen saturation rates and oxygen settings via telehealth.
- Telehealth patient training by RTs in proper inhaler techniques can save time and resources by preventing uncontrolled exacerbations because of poor technique.
- A list of some of the specific disease management services RTs could furnish via telehealth is also provided in our background paper.