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Amarillo- Sept 3rd - Location: Baptist St. Anthonys- TSRC Northwest Region Autumn Short Spots
Plano- Sept 12- Location:The Medical Center of Plano- TSRC North Region Fall Seminar
Galveston- Sept 11-12- Location: Casa Del Mar - TSRC South Region Sun and Surf 11
San Antonio - October 24-25 -Location- Norris Convention Center - TSRC Alamo District
Lubboct - October TBA - TSRC Northwest Region Autumn Short Spots - Lubbock
Good News from the Sunset Commission Meeting... We have passed the 2nd Hurdle and now we move on to the Texas Legislature.
Stay tuned for more information as we take on the next phase to ensure that our profession is secure.
More pertinent details will be submitted by TSRC President Russell Graham.
Just published, the Sunset Member Modification Report recommends that the Respiratory Care Practitioners regulatory program be moved from the DSHS to the Texas Medical Board and create associated advisory committees and boards.
What does this mean? It means that:
1. RCP's move to the Texas Medical Board!
2. We will have an Advisory Board of RCP's, MD's, and Public Members for oversight, who can recommend actions to the TMB for approval (as PA's currently do...).
What happens next?
The recommendation must pass the Commission's vote for approval. Then it will have to be approved during the Legislative Session.
Rest assured that the TSRC will continue to attend and participate in all legislative session that deal with this and any isssues pertaining to RCPs in Texas. We still have much to do and will continue to ask for your assistance.
We wish to Thank each of you for your support.
Link to Sunset Commision: https://www.sunset.texas.gov/ Decision Materials for DSHS are located at top of page. Page 56a -56i
On August 1st the newly elected board of the TSRC took office. The new officiers are:
President- Russell Graham
North Region President- Tammy Kurszewski
President-Elect- Gaylene Lee
South Region President- Daniel Schorre
Vice-President- Wendy Castro
Central Region President- Mary Hart
Past President- Mark Barch
Southwest Region President- Pablo Quijas
Treasurer- Dan Perrine
Northwest Region President - Lesley Williams
Secretary – Chris Russian
Delegate- Terry Gilmore
Junior Delegate- Jennifer Gresham
We wish to thank them for their committment to serve.
Remember the old saying "No News is Good News"? Well, we have nothing new to tell you... We await contact from the Sunset Commission appointed subcommittee in regards to modifications to the staff findings. We will let you all know more as we know it.
In the meantime...
I would like to thank each and every one of you who took the time to contact members of the Sunset Commission. It was your efforts that helped us get this far! I would also like to thank both the outgoing and incoming BOD's - we accomplished much in a very short time! Lastly, we all owe Eileen Scallon a hug and a thank you! She has diligently made sure that things were where they needed to be, whether that be signs for the demonstration or updates to the webpage. She's done that in addition to closing out the Annual Convention in San Antonio, and the regular business that goes on from day-to-day.
A closing thought...
We saw a pretty good surge in membership during the past month or so, pretty much related to the activities of the Sunset Commission. It's actually a shame that it takes something like this whole series of events to get folks off the fence. I've never questioned why I have to pay TSRC and/or AARC dues. It goes with the territory. Professionals pay dues to their Professional Societies. They do it joyfully. They do it by choice. They do it because they know their Society will do the right thing by them and for them. The TSRC and the AARC have both fought hard for all RCP's whether members or not. We will continue that fight. I would ask that if you haven't joined, examine your motives as to why you haven't. I don't buy into the "it's too expensive" argument. Where there's a will, there's a way. I don't buy into the "what have you done for me?" question either. That one is pretty obvious right about now...
Remember that this is the lull in the storm. There will be work to be done when the Legislature goes into session in the Spring. We will need letters, emails, phone calls, and office calls when the Legislature takes up the Sunset Commission's recommendations. So, for now, get rested! Get your co-worker to join BOTH the TSRC and the AARC. It's important that you be a member of both! TSRC is the AARC's Chartered Affiliate. We aren't in competition with each other, and we couldn't have gotten this far without both organizations. It will be the best investment you make for a long time to come! As always, feel free to contact me to discuss these or any other issues. Or contact me just to say "hi"!
The TSRC Board of Directors will be meeting on August 30 in Dallas
Location : Concorde Career College
12606 Greenville Ave #130
Dallas, TX 75243Meeting will commence at 8:00 AM
All meetings are open to the public, however, we ask that if you plan on attending to notify
so that adequate space can be provided.
Welcome to TSRC's new website
Members will now be able to change their membership information, renew their membership, take online courses and register for meetings.
Members can login by clicking on the word login, which is located in the top right side of the home page.
Your User name will be your email. Your Password will be your first name in all lowercase + the first five digits of your zipcode.
After you have logged in, the login will change to logout and a member menu will appear on the right side of the screen. Click on Edit Profile and please change your user name and password.
The Member menu has a link to view your profile, edit your profile, search for other members and access the forum. Use the forum to ask questions or to comment on current events in your field.
If you have any problems or questions, please click on the Contact menu item to send us a message.
Medicare Respiratory Therapist Access Act of 2013 - HR 2619 Write your Congressman Today!
Click here to write to Congress http://www.aarc.org/headlines/13/07/write_congress.cfm