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AARC Uniform Reporting Manual

From Bill Dubbs, MHA, MEd, RRT, FAARC
Director, Education and Management Services
American Association for Respiratory Care

One of the most important is the update of the AARC Uniform Reporting Manual which is presently in process and will conclude in late 2011 or early 2012. In light of the intensifying use of industry consultants hired to improve profitability, the availability of productivity tools that accurately measure workload intensity to managers is vital. These tools use time standards based on relative value units and can accurately determine appropriate staffing levels, assist in budgeting and serve as the foundation of benchmarking. The AARC needs the assistance of the state societies to help make sure the time standards reported in the 2010 AARC Uniform Reporting Manual are rock solid and unassailable. This can happen if managers of respiratory care services have developed solid time standards and contribute that information via the surveys that will be conducted this fall.

Free AARC Resources for Developing or Refining Time Standards
In anticipation of the surveys to come, now is the time for managers to review or develop time standards for services. To assist them the AARC is providing a new resource center on its website. This Productivity and Time Standards Resources center contains 3 concise documents:

  • “Productivity Systems-The Importance of Accurate Time Standards”- This document explains the commonly used productivity systems and metrics used to support staffing decisions. It explains why metrics used commonly by consultants cannot accurately define staffing levels required for respiratory therapy services and provides rationale for a system based on relative value units.
  • “Developing Time Standards-Collecting Data”- This document provides a step-by step approach to gathering the data required to develop time standards. It also contains discussion on the importance of getting buy in from administration in development and adoption of time standards.
  • “Statistical Methodology For Developing Time Standards” This reference document provides basic statistical information to assist in developing valid time standards from the collected data.

These resources will hopefully encourage managers who currently have time standards to selectively evaluate the need for updating them. We also suspect that since we have not previously asked the managers of non-invasive cardiology, sleep laboratory services, hyperbaric medicine and pulmonary rehabilitation services to report time standards they may have not yet developed them and will find these resources useful. You may download these documents at http://www.aarc.org/resources/standards_development/

Standards Resource Center

DRIVE4COPD Adopt-A-Company Program

Let's bring the respiratory therapists and local businesses together to help them understand how COPD affects their workforce and that they can make a difference.

Visit http://www.aarc.org/drive4copd/ to find out more information about how you can adopt a company!

DRIVE4COPD

Other AARC Links

You can also visit AARC's resource page here.

AARC VAP Course
RTs should own the Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia programs. Learn how you do that. 2.5 CRCE

Alpha-1 Course
Learn more about Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency and its clinical manifestations and therapeutic interventions so you are better prepared to help your patients. 3.0 CRCE

 

AARC Education Links

COPD Course
Be a better caregiver to a growing COPD population.

Asthma Prep Course
Learn more about asthma management and get prepared for the AE-C test.

Free CRCE Credits
Now, RTs who join or renew their AARC memberships have access to free and lower cost CRCE credits—whenever they want.

 

Other Resources

GSRC Bylaws

The GSRC has bylaws that govern its activities. The bylaws are presented here for your reference. Please note that you will be asked to log in to view this page. If you do not know your log in information, please contact our Director of Member Services, Kathryn Stempler.

Georgia Composite Medical Board

Information about licensure for respiratory therapists can be found on the Georgia Composite Medical Board's website. Click here for all the details specifically targeted to respiratory care professionals.

Professional Organizations


Is there any news in respiratory care you think your colleagues would be interested in? Are there any helpful resources you think we should share? Contact bridget@gasrc.org with your suggestions!
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