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.
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.
Did you hear the good news? CMS has released the final 2023 reimbursement rates for hospital outpatient services. The table below details the updated payment rates for CR/ICR/PR. It is important to note that these rates are specific to hospital outpatient services and do not apply to physician-fee schedules.
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.
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:
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!
AACVPR made a few significant changes to the 2021 Program Certification Application. The most noteworthy change is the extended deadline for data collection, staff competencies, medical emergency in-services, and submitted ITPs. Another important change is Education on the ITP. Submitted ITPs that have Education listed as a separate header will result in an automatic denial. Education should instead be listed within the required steps of each domain / element. Lastly, any clinician with the PR certification is exempt from staff competencies for Pulmonary Program Certification for one (1) certification cycle.
Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Professionals will have the opportunity to meet with their state legislators at AACVPR’s Day on the Hill in Washington, DC March 2 – 3, 2020. This annual event provides a platform for healthcare professionals to lobby and advocate for the industry.
The AACVPR Program Certification requirements have remain unchanged since the Outcomes Performance Measures were implemented in 2018. With the introduction of the Annual Report the same year, any program that has applied for Certification should have some idea of the requirements for 2020. For those programs and clinicians who have never navigated the Certification process, it can be overwhelming. To help ease some of that stress, LSI has put together a 2020 AACVPR Program Certification Guide that provides a high-level overview of the application requirements.
LSI is excited to see everyone at the 34th Annual AACVPR Meeting in Portland, Oregon September 18-21, 2019!
We will have two separate booths again this year. Booth 108 is where you will be able to see a demo of the LSI system, visit with our field staff members, and enter for your chance to win this year’s amazing prize – a 3-night trip to Napa Valley! Booth 109 is designated as our Advocacy Booth where you can collect some of our amazing Education Material!
We can’t wait to see you in Portland next month! Visit AACVPR’s website to learn more about this year’s conference.