Recently, the AACVPR published a Health Policy & Reimbursement Update. Here’s a helpful breakdown of what that means for you and your organization: Read more »
Bob Dylan had a song entitled The Times They Are A-Changin. Never has that felt truer in cardiac rehabilitation. Insurance regulations, administrative expectations, and limited resources make delivering cardiac rehabilitation very challenging. As healthcare changes, there are some things that stay constant. I want to share two simple themes that will help your program thrive in times of uncertainty and change. These are things that have served me and my program well over the years. Read more »
Day On The Hill (DOTH) in March 2015, is a key part of AACVPR’s advocacy with the U.S. Congress. (AACVPR is the American Association of CardioVascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.) DOTH gives AACVPR members opportunities to meet with their legislators and legislative staffs as constituents—as voters and healthcare professionals. Read more »
Charlotte (June 18th, 2014) – Life Systems International (LSI) is pleased to announce the commercial release of Registry Sync, the newest time saving feature in TrensCenter®. Through a custom interface the LSI telemetry and data management system is now able to send outcome data from any LSI system or workstation to the AACVPR Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Registry. LSI’s outcomes program saves valuable time by validating the patient data prior to being sent to ensure compatibility with registry data elements. All new LSI implementations will have the Registry Sync included in their LSI system at time of implementation. The company has a staged implementation plan for current customers who are eligible for this no-charge software update; which includes Windows 7 OS customers as well as Windows XP users.
CMS has approved Heart Failure (EF<35%) as an admitting diagnosis for Cardiac Rehabilitation. The actual date for usage of the diagnosis has yet to be determined, although we’re hoping for Spring 2014 date. By some estimates, the Heart Failure diagnosis, may increase your potential pool of eligible patients for your Cardiac Rehabilitation Program by 25-35%. Read more »
Congestive Heart Failure
CHF patients will be in your rehab soon. This great news also comes with some unique exercise prescriptions. Knowing that CHF patients have impaired cardiac output and function, it is vital to keep track of their heart rates and know whether they are exercising within their correct prescription. The LSI heart rate monitor will ensure that the patient stays within their prescription or the clinician will be alerted by the telemetry monitoring system. Read more »
Exciting news for Cardiac Rehab!
With the approval of heart failure coverage, rehabs can look forward to a much anticipated increase in patient volume. But with growth comes additional challenges. CHF (cardiac heart failure) patients have additional needs beyond the traditional exercise program supported by ECG telemetry monitoring. Signs and symptoms, such as dyspnea, decreased oxygen saturations, weight gain, and cardiac arrhythmias need to be carefully monitored. Read more »
Sweat drips down his forehead as he squints at the basket. The crowd is silent. The only sound he hears is the inhale and exhale of his own breath. He takes a deep breath through his nose; the game riding on him making this shot. Thoughts of the months of training are pushed from his mind as his focuses solely on the basket. The basketball feels taut, alive almost, in his hands as he bounces it—one, two, three times—on the court. He exhales. Aims. Releases the ball into an arc soaring over the heads of friends and foe alike. Read more »
Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville, MD, has installed one of the largest cardiac rehab monitoring systems in the country, using all new LSI equipment. A total of 32 channels will allow the cardiac rehab to serve over 180 patients a day by monitoring their post-op cardiac vitals and other physiological parameters.
Cardiac Director Barbara Courtney began meeting with LSI President Korey Sixbury in 2006, in part to find ways to improve the performance of her current LSI equipment. “They were not getting the support and solutions they needed under our previous ownership,” Sixbury explained. “Barbara gave us a generous opportunity to come in and analyze the system and make recommendations for improvement.”
CHICAGO (September 8, 2011) – The American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) is creating an Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Registry to provide cardiac rehabilitation programs with national outcomes data for benchmarking and to demonstrate the positive impact of cardiac rehabilitation on the morbidity, mortality, physical function, and quality of life of heart patients. This will be the United States’ first nationwide registry of its kind. Read more »