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.
When LSI was founded in 1985, we specialized in ICU and PCU patient monitoring systems with our ECG telemetry system leading the way. In the early 90’s, we introduced the first ever Windows based Cardiopulmonary Rehab Telemetry and Management system using Windows 3.1. Since then, the majority of our customers and end users have been cardiac and pulmonary rehab departments.
Despite our focus and advocacy over the years in the rehabilitation industry, we have always maintained our product’s ICU and PCU modes (Today, these modes have been renamed to “VSP” mode). As a medical device manufacturer, the product life cycle and the need to support it can go on for years. This creates an opportunity for us to assist our customers in this time of need during the Covid-19 pandemic.
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 4 – 5, 2019. This annual event provides a platform for healthcare professionals to lobby and advocate for the industry. Previous visits to Capitol Hill focused on Bill HR.1155/S.1361 which would allow non-physician practitioners to fulfill the Medicare requirement of “direct supervision” in cardiac and pulmonary rehab programs. This bill was pass in 2018 as part of the ACCESS Act and will go into effect January 1, 2024. Read more »
Happy Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week from all of us at LSI! To celebrate your dedication to improving lives, we are holding a special contest for pulmonary rehabs all over the nation. National Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week, is originally initiated by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).
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The window of opportunity for cardiopulmonary clinicians to encourage their patients to make lasting lifestyle changes can often be very small. While patients are enrolled in a rehab program, it’s very important that clinicians push them while maintaining a safe environment. At times, it can be difficult to find a balance between Safety, Effectiveness and Efficiency (recognized as the S.E.E Principle) when working with cardiac and pulmonary patients.
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The King 6 Minute Cycle Test (also referred to as the NCCRA 6 Minute Cycle Test) was developed by Carl N. King along with NCCRA colleagues Dave Verrill and Mike Lippard in the 1990s as an alternate measure of functional capacity to the ATS 6-Minute Walk Test. The King 6-Minute Cycle Test (6MC) is a self-paced measure of functional capacity that allows a quick and accurate measure of functional fitness while allowing easy measure of vital signs (heart rate, blood pressure, rate of perceived exertion, fatigue) that are needed to write an individualized exercise prescription.
We’ve created a two-page handout that includes the protocol for administering the test, patient instructions and test scoring.
As part of our series on tracking and improving rehab performance, we’re borrowing a concept from business school: the SWOT analysis. Why? Well, a SWOT analysis provides a simple yet surprisingly effective framework for improving the performance of any organization, including cardiopulmonary rehabs. Read more »