This legislation would amend Medicare Part B to add coverage of pulmonary self-management education and training services when furnished by qualified respiratory therapists in the physician practice setting to Medicare patients who have been diagnosed with COPD, asthma, pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary fibrosis and cystic fibrosis. If enacted, this new benefit will not only enhance patient access to respiratory therapists, it will also provide Medicare pulmonary patients with the tools they need to lead healthier lives through self-management of their disease.
Your Montana State Representatives for PACT will be hitting Capital Hill on April 1, 2014. This annual event is a critical time for Respiratory Therapists to share our day to day concerns with the constituents that serve our great state and to advocate for the patients that we care for. Please take the time to send your letter, not only is this initiative essential for our profession it is the right thing for our COPD patients!