Understanding Respiratory Department Productivity

Productivity expert and consultant, Garry Kauffman, offers a masterclass on respiratory department productivity. This course is divided into short segments to facilitate learning and help you fit it into your schedule at your pace.

In this series of modules, Garry speaks to key components of valid productivity systems and how to help implement them in your department. Here, he will help you to:

1: Understand what Productivity is.

2: Understand why Productivity is important.

3: Understand why Productivity is often confused with charges, billing, and reimbursement.

4: Understand how Respiratory Department Productivity is measured.

5: Understand how Respiratory Department Productivity is captured and monitored.

6: Understand Micro-costing.

7: Understand how to read a Productivity Report.

8: Give an overview of Productivity Stakeholders.

9: Understand how to use your productivity system to plan for service changes.

10: Understand how to flex Clinical Staff to Patient Demand.

11: Understand Benchmarking.

12: Understand how to prepare for an External Consulting Engagement.

This course is AARC accredited for 3 CRCE under the Management (MGT) category.



Your Instructor


Garry W. Kauffman, RRT, FAARC, MPA, FACHE
Garry W. Kauffman, RRT, FAARC, MPA, FACHE

Garry W. Kauffman, RRT, FAARC, MPA, FACHE is a registered respiratory therapist with over 40 years of experience. Garry was selected for the AARC Fellow (FAARC) based upon his contributions to the profession at the national level. Garry received his MPA from The Pennsylvania State University, and achieved the distinction of board certification in health care (FACHE) from the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Beginning his career as a bedside clinician, Garry has served in clinical, educational, and administrative roles in a variety of healthcare organizations and venues from short-term acute care hospitals, physician practice, ambulatory services, and long-term acute care hospitals. He formed Kauffman Consulting, LLC and is the manager of this health care consulting company.


Garry is recognized for numerous journal publications, author/co-author of respiratory care textbook chapters, and as a frequent speaker at the state and national level. Garry has served his profession at the district, state, and national level where he has served in the AARC House of Delegates, AARC Board of Directors, and AARC President. Garry has served his profession in various volunteer roles as the AARC Chartered Affiliate Consultant; AARC Benchmarking Committee; AARC Advanced Practice RT Task Force; AARC Strategic Planning Committee, Respiratory Care author/reviewer; AARCTimes author/reviewer, AARC Uniform Reporting Manual, and ARCF Education Recognition Award Judge, among others.


Garry’s focus continues to be on communicating the value of respiratory care services delivered by Respiratory Therapists by connecting the science of respiratory care, documenting outcomes secondary to our services, and communicating our value to key stakeholders in the health care system.


Course Curriculum


  Module 1: What is productivity?
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  Module 2: Why is productivity important?
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  Module 3: Why is productivity is often confused with charges, billing, and reimbursement?
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  Module 4: How is respiratory department productivity is measured?
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  Module 5: How is respiratory department productivity captured and monitored?
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  Module 6: Micro-Costing
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  Module 7: How to read a productivity report
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  Module 8: Productivity stakeholders
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  Module 9: Using your productivity system to plan for service changes
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  Module 10: Flexing clinical staff to meet patient demand
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  Module 11: Benchmarking
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  Module 12: Preparing for an external consulting engagement
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  Course Evaluation
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
How do I get my CRCE credit for this course?
After you watch the video lecture(s), pass the quiz and fill out the evaluation form, you will receive your electronic CRCE certificate the same day. We notify the AARC of passed courses at the beginning of each month.

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