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.
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.
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:
Our world is facing unprecedented times due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Several industries, including cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, have been deeply impacted. Many programs have decided to close operations to protect the health and safety of staff and patients. The good news is there is light at the end of the tunnel. Some states are starting to lift their stay at home orders and non-essential businesses are being allowed to re-open under restrictive guidelines. Before a cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program decides to re-open, several things must be considered to ensure a safe and easy transition.
It is well documented that patients with cardiovascular risk factors, known cardiovascular disease, or COPD are at higher risk for contracting COVID-19 so it should come as no surprise that patients in a cardiopulmonary rehab program may be required to wear a face mask during visits. Since many of these patients already have difficulty breathing, it is imperative that staff set proper expectations.
During the past three weeks, we have called every one of our customers all across the county. We’ve heard a myriad of ways that rehab departments have been dealing with the temporary disruption of care as usual. The feedback we are receiving ranges from temporary department closure to department relocation away from the hospital to maintain regular cardiac and pulmonary rehab sessions and education.
Anyone looking to begin a structured exercise routine should first complete a functional exercise assessment (FXT), but it is especially important for patients entering a cardiopulmonary rehab program. The exercise assessment is the cornerstone for prescribing exercise that is safe, effective, and efficient. The FXT should be valid, reliable, and easily incorporated into the daily schedule/routine of a cardiopulmonary rehab.