The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

1997 OPEN FORUM Abstracts

How To Implement a Program

Julien M. Roy, BA, RRT, Saturday, December 6, 1997.

Planning the program:

When planning for a new program or improving your existing one you must first: 1. Set Goals - How many patients do you want to serve at one time. - How much time will you have specially if sharing your department with another group, e.g., cardiac rehab or physical therapy. - How long will your program be, and how often will you meet. - What will be your patient evaluation procedure before, during, and after the program.

2. Examine Expenses - Know the financial restraints to both the patient and the facility. - How much personnel. - How will you market the program. - Is there equipment already available in your facility. - If not, check carefully on your purchased options.

3. Revenue - Do you have competition. - Is there other pulmonary rehabilitation programs in your area and are they successful. - How much reimbursement will you get from charges. - What will be the patient out-of-pocket expenses. - Will you generate revenues to other ancillary departments and approximately how much.


1. patient selection process 2. assessment of patient 3. develop some goals 4. develop an individual patient treatment program 5. assess progress 6. assess goals 7. reassess your program 8. develop a discharge planning 9. determine your follow-up needs for program and patients 10. have a sound education/training sequence 11. have a professional and state of the art exercise program 12. provide a MAINTENANCE PHASE to your clients

AARC 50th Anniversary, December 6 - 9, 1997, New Orleans, Louisiana.

You are here: » Past OPEN FORUM Abstracts » 1997 Abstracts » How To Implement a Program