This page will update you on any new legislation or legislative changes to current law that come out of the federal or state legislature.


2015 Legislation Update

AARC’s Legislative Initiative for 2015 -- The Medicare Telehealth Parity Act

This year AARC’s legislative initiative is to advocate for the Medicare Telehealth Parity Act (MTPA). The bill (HR 5380) was introduced in the 113th Congress with bi-partisan support by Congressman Thompson [D-CA] and Congressman Harper [R-MS] and is expected to be reintroduced soon in the 114th Congress.

This bill has numerous advantages for respiratory therapists. Also, many other health care associations are in support of this bill, such as the American Physical Therapy Association, the American Occupational Therapy Association, and the Speech-Language Hearing Association -- all who will be actively lobbying for the bill. Also a key supporter of the bill is the American Telemedicine Association which is very influential on the Hill.
 
Telemedicine involves audio and visual interaction via a telecommunications system to improve a patient’s clinical health status where a physician or other practitioner and the patient are in different locations. It is a significant and rapidly growing component of healthcare in the United States today. Current Medicare coverage of telehealth services is limited to originating sites (e.g., where the beneficiary is located) that are located in a rural Health Professional Shortage area in a Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) or rural census tract, or a county outside of an MSA. Respiratory services are not covered under Medicare telehealth and respiratory therapists are not among those who may furnish services.
 
The Medicare Telehealth Parity Act will enhance the respiratory profession and greatly improve pulmonary patients’ access to respiratory therapists, respiratory care services, and remote patient monitoring and training for patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), all of which have the potential to save health care dollars and reduce hospital readmissions.
If you would like to send a letter of support to your elected officials, you can easily do so by clicking the following link:
 

http://capwiz.com/aarc/issues/alert/?alertid=64117951


2012 Legislation

SB 194 enacted bill to license polysoms, The DE Society was able to amend to include an explicit RT exemption.

2011 Legislation

The Division of Professional Regulation (DPR) has gotten legislation implemented as follows

House Bill 457

This  mandates that professionals receive additonal training in recognizing and reporting child abuse. (effective:  8/1/2010)  Respiratory Therapists are listed as one of the groups that needs to complete this training.

The DPR has posted a Web Based Training that is available on their website to meet their mandatory requirement. Once logged onto the Delaware Division of Professional Regulation website, you just click Respiratory Care in the list and it launches you to the page with the link for the training. It is titled Child Abuse identification and reporting guidelines for Delaware Medical Providers. 

 

Summary of 2010 Legislation

 

House Bill 458 requires all persons licensed by the Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline to undergo criminal background checks every ten years. The DPR will notify licensees to how to meet this requirement. (Effective: 7/1/2011)


 RCPAC  12/15/10 

 Discuss Proposed Language for Unlicensed Home Equipment Personnel – Rule 12.0

A discussion was held concerning proposed language for unlicensed home equipment personnel. Input was requested from Council members as to how they wished to proceed. Council will not establish a subcommittee at this time but rather keep the existing language in the rules and regulations as written. It was suggested to the public attending that they form a subcommittee and work together to develop proposed language and present it to the Council for review.

 

Select the Percentage for the Post Renewal Random Audit of Continuing Education

20% of the licensees was the percentage selected for the post renewal random audit and to automatically audit the licensees from the last audit whose records were flagged to be audited for this renewal.