One of the many benefits of being a member of the SCSRC is having legislative advocacy on a state and national level to assist in the promotion of the of Respiratory Care. This year, the AARC and SCSRC are continuing their longstanding support of legislation affecting Respiratory Care providers. It is that time of year when your profession asks you to write or email your representatives and request their support of important legislation. Please click on the link below and follow the prompts to contact our Senators and your Representative. (There is also a link which will tell you who your representative is, if you are unsure.)
The AARC and SCSRC are actively involved in both Federal and State legislative regulatory affairs. The AARC and SCSRC aggressively advocate for recognition of the value of respiratory therapy and respiratory therapists in all areas of public policy. This has become of growing concern as health care costs endure increasing scrutiny and the effectiveness of respiratory care in controlling these costs is questioned.
Each state society appoints a member to represent their constituency directly in Washington DC. This year the SCSRC representatives and students will travel to Washington DC on April 4th, 2017, or “Hill Day”. Hill Day is when all the states’ PACT members travel to DC to meet individually with their Representatives in Congress and ask for their support of our legislation. For 2017, our profession is requesting to include respiratory therapists in any telehealth legislation introduced into this Congress rather than supporting a single bill. We are also asking Congress to include language in the FY 2018 Labor-HHS Appropriations Report that would task the Medicare program to conduct an analysis of COPD claims data and report back to Congress on the findings which will help demonstrate the clinical expertise and value respiratory therapists bring to improving their patients’ health outcomes in a variety of settings. You can read more details about this year’s advocacy by visiting http://c.aarc.org/advocacy/lobby_week/.
It takes more than one voice to be heard in DC. This is where you can make a difference and promote the Respiratory Care profession. Please write, email, call, or ask to meet directly with your district’s Representative, and discuss your wish for their support. You can find your Senators and Representative at https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/SC. Respiratory Care providers, students, physicians, patients, caregivers, and supporters/friends can easily send an email or printed letter to the House and Senate via an editable message provided at Capitol Connections via http://capwiz.com/aarc/issues/?style=D.
The SCSRC is looking for nominations for the 2017 Department of the Year, Practitioner of the Year, Entry Level Student Scholarships and the Trish Blakely Higher Education Scholarship. These will be presented formally at the 2017 Annual Business Meeting, during the Annual Conference in Myrtle Beach, SC. The conference is scheduled for September 6th, 7th and 8th.
If you know of someone who should be nominated, would like to nominate your department, or you qualify for one of the scholarships, please download the application as applicable, complete it and submit it to email@example.com. The deadline for all of these applications is June 1st, 2017. We are excited to hear from you!
Looking back on a whirlwind marathon of a week, I am reminded of just how blessed I am to be a part of such an excellent organization as the South Carolina Society for Respiratory Care. We started on Tuesday with two pre-conference workshops; these were led by speakers that are outstanding in what they do. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Garry Kauffmann, Terry Volsko and David Wheeler on making these available for the attendees and for the excellent presentations.
Next was the inaugural poster presentation session; this was an impressive display of hard work, talent, knowledge; I could go on and on. This session was hosted by David Wheeler, Terry Volsko and Doug Laher, who all did excellent jobs in opening each presentation and keeping everything moving along. The wine and cheese reception was sponsored by WestMed; a big thank you to our WestMed friends for doing this for us!!! (more…)
It is with great pride that the 2016 election results were announced at the Business Meeting at the 45th SCSRC State Conference on September 7th, 2016. Out of 522 eligible voters in the state, (in order to be eligible you must be an AARC member), we had 88 ballots returned for a 16.8 % voter turnout. This represents the highest number of turnout in the SCSRC’s history. Thank you to all the AARC/SCSRC members who took the time to vote for the future of the state board! Your vote will help to shape our future! (more…)