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2024 Medicare Rules & Regulations

2024 Medicare Rules & Regulations

Medicare recently published their Final Regulations for 2024. Below is an overview of what to expect:

• Beginning 1/1/2024, Non-Physician Providers (NPPs) may provide Direct Supervision of CR, ICR, SET PAD and PR.
o NPPs are not allowed to:
  • ORDER any of these services.
  • Sign ITPs for CR, ICR, PR.
  • Serve as Medical Directors.
• Virtual Supervision for both hospital-based and physician owned programs has been extended through December 31st, 2024.
o Supervision can be provided by a Physician or NPP.

• Non-Excepted ICR programs located off-campus will now be reimbursed at 100% of the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment Schedule (HOPPS) rate.
o Starting 1/1/2024, ICR programs provided in a nonexcepted, off-campus Hospital Outpatient Department will be reimbursed at the HOPPS rate vs. the drastically reduced Physician Fee Schedule (PFS).
  • This means that reimbursement for ICR programs will be the same for both Hospital Outpatient Departments and Physician offices.
Healthy Holiday Tips

Healthy Holiday Tips

Happy Holidays from LSI! We know you’re all looking forward to the big meal, dessert, and leftovers. We are too! 😁 Here are a few tips to keep you safe and healthy this holiday season. For more tips and other advocacy materials, please visit our Advocacy Center.

1. Don’t skip meals
Skipping meals to save calories before a big holiday meal can often lead to overeating.

2. Have a healthy snack before dinner
Fruit, veggies, or hummus will help curb your appetite so you don’t feel ravenous by the time you sit down to eat.

3. Make a healthy side dish to include with dinner
Consider grilled or sauteed vegetables to balance the traditional high carb, high fat comfort foods.

4. Practice mindful eating
Take time to enjoy your meal.

5. Wait 20 minutes before going back for seconds
This allows your mind and body time to recognize if you are still hungry.

6. Decide what treats you will splurge on in advance
Set expectations for yourself before you get to the dessert table.
Consider smaller samplings of each vs. a full serving.

7. Stay hydrated
Many of the traditional holiday foods are high in sodium.
It is important to be aware of your water intake.

8. Take a walk after meals
Americans should achieve 150 – 300 mins / week of moderate-intensity exercise.
Any physical activity is beneficial.

9. Get plenty of sleep
Lack of sleep can lead to feelings of increased hunger.

10. Give yourself grace!
Allow yourself to splurge from time-to-time without beating yourself up.

AACVPR Program Certification

AACVPR Program Certification

Now that the Program Certification Application is open, are you up to speed on the changes and updates to this year’s application? In addition to the two new Performance Measures for Enrollment and Adherence, AACVPR now requires each application include an attestation noting knowledge of and adherence to CMS policies and regulations. Other updates include clarifying language regarding staff competencies, medical emergency preparedness, and reasons for denial. Click here to learn more.

Why Perform Patient Assessments?

Why Perform Patient Assessments?

Patient assessments are a vital component to any successful cardiopulmonary rehab program. Assessments help to determine a patient’s physical, emotional, cognitive, and social health. They also provide crucial information to prepare and develop proper and individualized treatment plans. Assessments are typically performed at the start and throughout the entire program duration.

Validated questionnaires are quick and simple assessments commonly used in cardiopulmonary rehab. These specific tools analyze different components of overall health and are useful in determining progression. Additionally, there are specific questionnaires that AACVPR requires to be utilized for program certification. With so many options to choose from, LSI has created a new resource document to help you determine which assessment tools are the right fit for your patients and program. 

Click here to learn more.

Registry 5.0

Registry 5.0

Are you wondering why your program should be tracking outcomes and how to go about it? This Advocacy document outlines the importance of tracking individual patient and programs outcomes and how LSI’s patient management system can help streamline the process. With a myriad of reports at your fingertips, analyzing the benefits of your program has never been easier! The new Registry 5.0 document, coupled with our TrensCenter Data Elements, will provide all the necessary information to get you started with outcomes data collection. Visit our Education Library to request a copy of this important document.

LSI Spotlight – Hannah Meyer

LSI Spotlight – Hannah Meyer

Hannah Meyer joined the LSI family after receiving her Masters’s Degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse. During her time at La Crosse, Hannah spent time researching the popular RPE scale and its feasibility of use across different exercise modes. Her hard work paid off and Hannah is now a published author! You can read more about Hannah’s findings in the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. Click here to read the full article.

Tradeshows are Back In-Person

Tradeshows are Back In-Person

After two years, we at LSI are looking forward to the opportunity to see a few of you in person again soon. As committed advocates for the cardiac and pulmonary rehab industry, we recognize the importance of regular meetings and conferences to share knowledge and ideas, not to mention the benefits of networking with other professionals. Be sure to stop by the LSI booth and register for a chance to win an AACVPR membership at any of the following conferences:

  • 3/3/2022 – KCRA, Newport, KY
  • 3/5/2022 – GACVPR, Canton, GA
  • 3/15/2022 – HIMSS, Orlando, FL
  • 3/24/2022 – PCNA, Las Vegas, NV
  • 4/1/2022 – MOKS, Independence, MO
  • 4/1/2022 – CSCR, Fullerton, CA
  • 4/2/2022 – ACC, Washington, DC
  • 4/8/2022 – TACVPR, Frisco, TX
  • 4/23/2022 – MSCVPR, Bay City, MI
  • 4/28/2022 – MACVPR, Bozeman, MT
  • 5/11/2022 – WVACVPR, Morgantown, WV
  • 6/4/2022 – ISCHR, Springfield, IL
Pulmonary Rehab Services

Pulmonary Rehab Services

The Centers for Medicare Services announced that they will be replacing G0424 with two new CPT codes beginning January 1st, 2022. In addition to billing code changes, Medicare added Covid-19 to the list of eligible diagnoses for Pulmonary Rehab Services and updated requirements for the individualized treatment plan. To learn more about the new regulations, check out our new resource document.

Company Meeting / AACVPR Annual Meeting

Company Meeting / AACVPR Annual Meeting

The LSI team had a productive week in San Antonio despite the AACVPR Annual conference moving to a virtual platform. This was the first time we have all been together in person since the start of the pandemic and we took full advantage. We had a week jam-packed with various presentations, brainstorming sessions, planning strategies, and goal setting. But we made sure to set aside plenty of time for fun, including a group scavenger hunt, a friendly game of Jeopardy, and a birthday celebration!