Fostering wellness with the end goal of reducing costs requires that meaningful care must be provided outside of the Short Term Acute-care Hospital (STACH). Goals of therapy need to go beyond remedy of symptoms to rehabilitation of underlying disease states. For the COPD patient and others with persistent lung conditions, pulmonary rehabilitation programs are key to meeting these goals. On their website, the AARC reports the release of a Pulmonary Rehabilitation Tool Kit will happen in spring 2012. It is designed to “serve as a resource and educational document for hospitals to use to accurately report their charges to Medicare for services furnished as part of a hospital outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) program.” Despite the recent reimbursement reduction as of January 2012 by the CMS, we must find ways and means to support outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation. The burden falls to us who are responsible for respiratory care to cast the vision. We must convince key decision makers of the short and long-term care and cost benefits of retooling for pulmonary rehabilitation.
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