COVID-19, 1135 Waivers and the importance of outsourced respiratory therapy programs

Gregory Pino
2 min readMar 15, 2020

When we launched the DynamicRT PDPM compliance program, achieving better clinical outcomes was always our long-term goal. No one foresaw a global respiratory pandemic being a catalyst to also drive the need for a formal, outsourced respiratory management program.

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed many weaknesses within our healthcare system, including the vulnerability of our long-term care population. One weakness of concern is the lack of respiratory therapy proficiency and services — especially as the COVID-19 1135 Waivers are set to increase respiratory acuities.

An effective respiratory program must include a system of accountability that encourages all patients to be assessed for respiratory therapy upon admission. Furthermore, new COVID-19 guidance calls for daily monitoring for potential symptoms of respiratory infection. Ensuring daily compliance of these workflows is more important then ever due to the increased risk that COVID-19 presents to patients with respiratory comorbidities.

The SNF industry has pivoted to protect our existing populations and a prepare for an unprecedented increase in services. In turn, Dynamic Respiratory is opening up its platform to support nursing by remotely assessing each new admission and monitoring daily administrations of care. In addition, our team of experts are available to establish and maintain respiratory policies, care plans, and order templates. Furthermore, if you are looking to establish a COVID-19 isolation unit, the need for exemplary infection control policies and constant respiratory therapy oversight is imperative. We are here to help!

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