Children’s Hospital Respiratory Department Operations

Garry Kauffman, RRT FAARC MPA FACHE, former AARC President, interviews Dave Crotwell, Respiratory Director for a tertiary Children’s Hospital in the Northwest to understand operational differences in a Children’s Hospital to Adult Hospital’s operations, specifically, as it relates to reimbursement, billing and productivity.  Although Children’s Hospitals largely have avoided capitated payment models that other Short Term Acute Care Hospitals have worked under since CMS implemented DRGs in the early 1980s, that no longer is the case as payers push for respiratory services to be bundled with other services in the bed charge.  Garry and Dave also speak to how Respiratory Departments can work with their administration to make sure Respiratory Therapists focus on activities in which they offer unique value to improve outcomes. 

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