This course is a study of the role of the respiratory therapist in the alternative site / home care setting. An overview of concepts, procedures, and long- term care and the respiratory therapist's role as part of a multi-disciplinary care team involved in patient care in alternate sites such as pulmonary rehabilitation centers, sub-acute care facilities or the home is addressed. Students will be involved in discussions of health care reform, managed care and its impact on health care delivery. Billing / Coding procedures, current Joint Commission standards for respiratory home care accreditation, protocols for respiratory home care and a discussion of patient / caregiver education will be discussed.
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