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Becky Anderson

RRT

Manager, Respiratory Care Services, Sanford Medical Center

 

Ms. Anderson is a registered respiratory therapist with 35 years of experience in caring for people with chronic respiratory disease and acute respiratory compromise. In 2008, she became Sanford’s first respiratory therapy clinical specialist. She was tasked with fostering an interdisciplinary team that proceeded to improve performance outcomes in areas such as cost of care, readmissions, and adherence to evidence-based care for COPD diagnosis-related groups (DRGs).

Ms. Anderson is chair of the Local Leadership Board for the American Lung Association in North Dakota, a participant in the American Lung Association in Minnesota (COPD Readmissions Learning Collaborative), and serves by gubernatorial appointment on the North Dakota Tobacco Prevention and Control Advisory Committee.

She speaks nationally on the outcomes her hospital has achieved regarding the care of its COPD population. Ms. Anderson’s beloved mother is living well with asthma/COPD overlap syndrome.

Becky Anderson articles on COPD insider:

  • How to get your COPD initiative funded

    How to get your COPD initiative funded

    Funds are hard to come by today. Don’t miss your chance to secure the capital you need to advance value-based care.

  • RT anatomy: 5 skills to maximize COPD outcomes

    RT anatomy: 5 skills to maximize COPD outcomes

    RT's provide exceptional value in care to patients with COPD, but what do successful RTs have in common? 5 skills to maximize COPD outcomes in any care setting.

  • Frequent Flyer

    Frequent Flyer

    Learn three keys to reducing readmissions for your “frequent flyers”—making their transition from hospital to home more permanent.

  • Three steps to saving costs by shifting patients from hospital to home

    Three steps to saving costs by shifting patients from hospital to home

    What’s the key to saving costs in patients with COPD? Shifting care settings. Discover three steps to get patients from hospital to home and cut your institution’s costs in the process.

  • Health Buddies

    Health Buddies

    You do your best to speak clearly, be specific, and give your patients the time they need. But are they really hearing you? A health buddy may be just what the doctor ordered. Discover how a health buddy can help ensure your great efforts turn into great outcomes.

  • Insider solutions

    Insider solutions

    As we learn more and more about COPD, many questions remain. Discover what our panel of insiders had to say about some of your most pressing questions.

  • Case study: Focus on quality and the benefits will follow

    Case study: Focus on quality and the benefits will follow

    In this compelling case study, Becky Anderson, RRT, discusses how she reduced readmissions, improved adherence, and slashed costs simply by focusing on best practices.

  • How ACOs align perfectly with COPD treatment goals

    How ACOs align perfectly with COPD treatment goals

    Learn how ACOs create amazing opportunities to support COPD treatment goals and elevate value-based care.

  • Improving Adherence to Treatment

    Improving Adherence to Treatment

    While we would all agree that adherence to treatment is key, the causes of non-adherence may surprise you. Learn more about what can go wrong and how you can make it right.

  • COPD Proactive Planning

    COPD Proactive Planning

    It takes more than just a good treatment plan and a prescription to keep your patients healthy at home. Follow one patient’s journey from discharge to readmission and learn how taking a proactive approach to care can safeguard against this from happening again.

  • Mental Health Focus

    Mental Health Focus

    When you overlook the mental health component of COPD care, you may only be addressing surface issues. Keep patients living healthy at home by putting mental health services at the core of your care.

  • Building your COPD executive care team

    Building your COPD executive care team

    Details how to build your multidisciplinary executive care team and what contribution you can expect from each team member.

  • Why hasn’t spirometry caught on?

    Why hasn’t spirometry caught on?

    Spirometry is the only recognized method to definitively diagnose COPD. So why is it rarely used? Discover the consequences of not using spirometry and the benefits you can expect from making it your standard practice.

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