The National Association for Medical Direction of Respiratory Care

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A 40 Year NAMDRC Perspective

As most readers must be aware the NAMDRC Board of Directors has recommended, and the membership is voting to approve a merger with CHEST.  The National Association for Medical Direction of Respiratory Care was established in 1978 by a group of pulmonary physicians who saw a need for an organization that could bring structure to the rapidly evolving field of clinical pulmonary medicine. The physician founders of the organization included Ken Moser, MD, Richard Browning, MD, Louis W.

NAMDRC Annual Meeting, Evaluating the e-ICU

The 43rd Annual Meeting and Educational Conference of the National Association for Medical Direction of Respiratory Care will be held March 12 to 14 at The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch. NAMDRC’s annual meetings are developed around the organization’s core principles of improving the quality of patient care, reducing barriers to that care and anticipating changes in our practice environment.

A Major 2020 Healthcare Legislative Deadline

In recent issues of the Watchline we have noted the increasing importance of federal legislation to achieve NAMDRC’s goals of continuous improvement in patient care. The 2020 presidential election and current turmoil in Washington will make this a challenging, but hopefully not a lost year. The Congressional calendar will be limited in 2020 as incumbents, and some presidential contenders in the Senate, shift their attention to running for election.

Durable Medical Equipment 2020

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published an update to the Durable Medical Equipment (DME) program in early November. This update marks a noticeable departure from the policies the Agency had been implementing in recent years. The impact of the federal DME policy on patient care is often underestimated. The increasing documentation requirements have been a burden on physician time, competitive bidding has reduced patient services and the complex coding and payment policy, focused on cost savings, has erected a barrier to the introduction of new technology.

NAMDRC Advocacy 2019; an Update

Federal regulations and payment policies have a significant effect on the availability of important therapies for patients with pulmonary disease.  As healthcare policy has moved into the arena of “value based care”, the focus of regulatory agencies has shifted from promoting improved quality of care to cost containment.  Since its inception, The National Association for Medical Direction of Respiratory Care’s (NAMDRC) core principle has been improving the quality of patient care by reducing barriers to that care.

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