Welcome to GSRC
The Georgia Society for Respiratory Care is an affiliate of the American Association for Respiratory Care. The AARC is the only professional society for respiratory therapists in hospitals and with home care companies, managers of respiratory and cardiopulmonary services, and educators who provide respiratory care training.
This site is dedicated to the professional development of respiratory therapists in Georgia, and the patients they care for. Feel free to browse the site and email our team if you have questions or ideas.
Elections Now Open
The ballot to vote for your 2014-2015 officers is now available online. To access your ballot, CLICK HERE.
News You Need to Know
GSRC Supporter Program
GSRC is involved in many activities that support:
- Education of RRTs, students, the public, and our patients
- Advocacy of the profession
- Communication among members, the public, and our colleagues in medicine
- Scholarships for RT students
- National initiatives, such as disaster relief and the establishment of international respiratory programs
Learn more about the GSRC Supporter Program and how you can join - HERE.
Looking for CEUs?
GSRC Albany District Seminar
Friday, May 16, 2014
Phoebe Putney Medical Center - Albany, GA
7 Hours of CE Available
Click HERE to register!
GSRC Summer CE Meeting
July 24 - 26, 2014
Hilton DeSoto - Savannah, GA
18 Hours of CE Available
Registration Coming Soon!
Need more CE? Here are a few options:
Medicare Respiratory Therapist Access Act
H.R. 2619 The Medicare Respiratory Therapist Access Act of 2013 was introduced 7/8/13 by Georgia Representative John Lewis. Read more here.
Pulmonary medicine has evolved over the years since the Medicare law was enacted. With a shift to reward hospitals and physicians for quality care rather than volume of services, the time has come for Medicare to recognize the value respiratory therapists bring to treating beneficiaries with chronic lung diseases.
Today’s Medicare goals center on quality care, better value, lower costs, and reducing excess hospital readmissions. For those with chronic lung disease, a key to achieving these goals is to reduce or eliminate exacerbations which can lead to costly emergency room visits and/or hospital admissions or readmissions.
The Medicare RT Access Act is designed to address these issues and achieve key Medicare priorities.
Click here for background information about the Medicare Respiratory Therapist Access Act. Click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the Medicare Respiratory Therapist Access Act.
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by Karen Sicard, President
Salutations to all the Georgia RCPs, future RCPs, family and friends of the Respiratory Profession and welcome to the GSRC web site. Join us here, on facebook and twitter as we continue to grow green, grow our profession’s grass roots and give back to our community.
There are many exciting things happening for our pulmonary community. We have our federal Bill H.R. 2619 The Medicare Respiratory Therapist Access Act of 2013 introduced into the House of Representatives this year by our own Congressman John Lewis of the 5th District of GA. The AARC continues to work with each state Society to move this legislation along allowing pulmonary patients access to qualified respiratory therapists in the physicians’ offices for education on medications, appropriate medication administration techniques, disease process and self-management skills to improve their quality of life. Read more by connecting to Medicare RT Access Act.
There is also the DRIVE4COPD initiative bringing awareness to the undiagnosed COPD patients. Early diagnosis, intervention, and lifestyle changes are key to helping these patients understand why they all of a sudden feel short of breath walking up a flight of stairs or down the block. Is it their increasing age, weight, lack of exercise or is it COPD? Here in Georgia we now have a DRIVE4COPD coordinator that will assist our RCP’s interested in the AARC Adopt-A-Company initiative. Connect with our GSRC coordinator April Barrow at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance or connect to DRIVE4COPD on our web to learn more about this great initiative.
The GSRC continues to provide our state RCPs with quality continuing education opportunities through our Winter and Summer Symposiums and our District Seminars held throughout the year. We are excited about our upcoming Winter Symposium. We have restructured this symposium where we will offer our full day of clinical presentations with a simultaneous morning breakout session for the Manager/Directors and an afternoon breakout session for our respiratory students. We are excited about this new format and can’t wait for your feedback.
Dates to remember: Remember October 20-26th is Respiratory Care week and we kick off the celebration on Oct 18th with our GSRC/WellStar Volleyball Tournament. RCPs and Students from across the state put teams together and volley for their benefit of choice. In the past we have been able to give back to respiratory scholarships like the Mort Duggan Scholarship and we continue to grow our Bill Bitzel Scholarship. November 20th is Global COPD Day, what a great opportunity to hold a DRIVE4COPD in your community, either that day or during that week.
As I begin my service to you I hope you will expand your service to your patients and profession through the GSRC. The practice of medicine is changing and as Respiratory Care Professionals we need to understand these changes and the impact they will have on our profession. Join us. Join the GSRC/AARC. Become involved. We have several committees, political issues, district representatives and officers needing your help and willing to help you become more involved.