An educational video from the American Association for Respiratory Care explores how respiratory therapists can help reduce COPD readmissions, which will join the diseases in the ACA’s Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program in October 2014.

Hospitals that fail to curb excessive readmissions for congestive heart failure, heart attack, pneumonia and now COPD will face stiff financial penalties.

To prepare for this next phase of the reduction program, the AARC provides an in-depth look into COPD readmissions, how and why they’re likely to occur, and more specifically, how hospitals can utilize the expertise of their respiratory care departments to improve quality, reduce unplanned COPD readmissions, and cut misallocated expenses from the care provided to the COPD population.