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.
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.
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 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.
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!
The 6-minute walk test (6MWT) is a well-known functional capacity assessment used in most cardiopulmonary rehab programs across the country. But are you doing it right? Click here to order “Who Learns More After a 6MWT, You or Your Patient?. You may be surprised. Click here to access the Resource Document.
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.