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  • 21 Oct 2010 5:45 PM | Julie Feirer (Administrator)

    CALL FOR ACTION -- SUPPORT FOR HR 6376 (10/21/2010)

    A bill has been introduced in the House of Representatives that will correct a misguided interpretation of the cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation Medicare provisions enacted by Congress in July, 2008 and effective January 1, 2010.

    As the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services moved forward with implementation of Section 144 of PL 110-275 (new statutory coverage of cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs), it made a very narrow, strict interpretation of the statute, declaring that:

    1. Only physicians could actually supervise a cardiac or pulmonary rehabilitation program, precluding the role of non physician practitioners (NPPs) such as physician assistants and nurse practitioners filling that role, despite a broad change in the 2010 rules for hospital outpatient services that now permit  NPPs to provide direct supervision of certain hospital outpatient therapeutic services because those services are analogous to physicians’ services; 
    2. In critical access hospitals (CAHs), where NPPs can fill in for physicians in the Emergency Department, CAHs that provide either cardiac or pulmonary rehabilitation services must have physician supervision; 

    The practical effect of these interpretations means that other hospital outpatient services that permit NPPs to meet the physician supervision requirement of Medicare do not apply to either cardiac or pulmonary rehabilitation.  Likewise, even though CAHs may have an Emergency Department staffed by NPPs, such hospitals must have a physician supervise a cardiac or pulmonary rehabilitation outpatient program.

    The plan is for HR 6376 to be included as part of a larger “physician fee fix” bill that Congress will need to adopt to forgo major cuts to physician payments slated for later this year.  Hence, the “legislative vehicle” for HR 6376 will be the legislation addressing a physician fee fix. This will only happen if we get strong support from our US House congressional members for HR 6376.

    ACTION TO BE TAKEN:  Write to your Congressman/Congresswoman today and urge him to sign on as a co-sponsor to HR 6376.  A letter has been provided at the link below for you to send to the US Representative in your District. THIS IS A VERY EASY LETTER SUBMISSION PROCESS AND WILL TAKE ONLY MINUTES OF YOUR TIME. The successful passage of HR 6376 will provide flexibility for cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs in meeting physician supervision requirements.

    You should include the NPs/PAs in your institution in this effort-it very directly affects their role in the hospital setting.

    Physician supervision is an issue of concern for providers of the services, not for patients. Please do not include a patient letter campaign.

    CLICK HERE TO TAKE ACTION!

  • 9 Sep 2010 5:47 PM | Julie Feirer (Administrator)

    Thursday, October 7th, 2010 11:30 – 12:30 CT

    Room 202 DE at the Frontier Airlines Center, Milwaukee, WI

    Iowa Chronic Care Consortium (ICCC) at the AACVPR Annual Meeting

    Join a gathering of committed thought leaders and innovators in discussing how together we can create a positive future for cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation.

    Health care reform has created a fertile field for innovation that targets the optimal management of chronic diseases, the adoption of population health models, and improvement in health outcomes.  This interactive discussion, hosted by the Iowa Chronic Care Consortium, is built from the belief that cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation professionals are perfectly poised to be active players in this changing world of health care delivery.  Join a gathering of your colleagues in discussing how to create an expanding role for cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation.  

    Box lunch is provided to the first 100 to register: click here to register.

    The discussion will be facilitated by William Appelgate, PhD, Kathy Kunath, RN, Jody Hereford, BSN, MS and Karen Lui, BSN, MS.

    The Iowa Chronic Care Consortium has at the heart of its mission a commitment to reduce the burden of chronic disease and build capacity in partner organizations to effectively manage the most prevalent chronic diseases.  For questions, please contact Jody Hereford.

  • 27 Apr 2010 1:59 PM | Julie Feirer (Administrator)

    Marolyn Nuzum was nominated for this award by Barbara Burmeister in recognition of the many years of managing the membership responsibilities for IACPR.  Here are some of Marolyn's contributions and accomplishments:

    Member of IACPR 

    Member of AACVPR

    Marolyn has been in charge of IACPR memberships since 2002.  She has been very dedicated to this role and has spent many hours sending and receiving yearly renewals.  She has sat outside many TriNetwork Conferences collecting dues so she can do her job in a timely manner.  She always does so with a smile and a kind word.  She can always be counted on to have accurate records.  Marolyn is a great example of a Distinguished Member for this organization.

    Marolyn has worked in the field of Cardiac Rehab since the mid 1980s in a newly developed Phase III program at the local Council Bluffs YMCA which was all volunteer.  She continued to volunteer there for 10 years.  She started working part-time in Phase II Cardiac Rehab at Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs in the 1990s and is now in a full-time position that includes both Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab.  

    She has been certified as a Cardiac Rehab Nurse through the ANCC since 1999.

    She received the Spirit of Mercy Award in 1993 and has been a recipient of the Positive Image of Nursing Award presented through the Nebraska Nurses Association. 

    She is a strong patient advocate and is frequently willing to give of her time for hospital and community events.

  • 10 Mar 2010 5:51 PM | Julie Feirer (Administrator)

    2010: The Beginning of a New Era

    Seventeenth Annual TriNetwork Conference

    April 23-24, 2010, Sioux Falls, SD

  • 10 Mar 2010 5:48 PM | Julie Feirer (Administrator)

    You can find the change request here. 

    The statuatory changes for Cardiac Rehabilitation, Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation, and Pulmonary Rehabilitation effective 01/01/10 can be found in convenient links on the AACVPR website under the Legislative and Regulatory Resources tab, as well as in the following links to the Federal Register and CMS Manual System.

    It is your responsibility to be aware of these legislative changes and apply them to your Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation programs. There is a FAQ section on the AACVPR website that is also very useful for putting these new laws into practice.

    2010 Hospital Outpatient Regulations for Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab (November 20,2009)

    2010 Physician Fee Schedule for Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab (November 25, 2009)

    2010 Physician Fee Schedule: Section 410.49-Cardiac Rehabilitation Program: Conditions for Coverage (November 2009)

    2010 Physician Fee Schedule: Section 410.47-Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program: Conditions for Coverage (November 2009)

    Medicare Claims Processing Manual, Chapter 32 – Billing Requirements for Special Services (Rev.1871, 12-11-09)

  • 9 Mar 2010 5:52 PM | Julie Feirer (Administrator)

    Here is the response we got today on behalf of Dr. Bussan from Carol Purington, RN, Policy Development Coordinator at WPS Medicare:

    The new Pulmonary Rehab benefit and the Cardiac Rehab benefit require a physician prescribed exercise plan in addition to the physician supervision. Your question was discussed with the CMDs and they agree that physician does not include NPPs.

  • 8 Mar 2010 5:54 PM | Julie Feirer (Administrator)

    The American Lung Association in Iowa is announcing the 2010 training dates and locations for Freedom From Smoking Facilitator Training workshops. Trained facilitators are allowed to teach Freedom From Smoking classes conducted in their workplace or community.

    Freedom From Smoking (FFS) is a state-of-the-art cessation program developed to help tobacco users at all stages of the quitting process. We will provide you with the necessary tools to properly facilitate the Freedom From Smoking classes.

    Freedom From Smoking with focus on the following key elements:

    • Coping skills

    • Proper use of smoking cessation medications

    • Recovery and grief

    • Relapse prevention

    • Stress management

    • Social support

    This year, the American Lung Association wants to bring the training closer to you. The next opportunities to attend a class in 2010 are at the dates and locations below:

    April 15, 2010 - Des Moines, IA

    September 16, 2010 - Council Bluffs, IA

    November 18, 2010 – Davenport, Iowa 

    A confirmation letter will be mailed to you upon registration.

  • 22 Jan 2010 5:55 PM | Julie Feirer (Administrator)

    Why no ICN?

    You might have noticed there has been no notification of an ICN being held in February.  The reason for this is that we need people to volunteer to be in charge of and to help with the ICN offerings.  This is a big job and I posted a request in October for volunteers to serve on this committee.  The board of directors has gotten no response to that request.  

    Therefore, unfortunately, there will be no ICN in February.  The board of directors has been discussing partnering with Academy Medical Systems for educational offerings.  Academy Medical Systems is willing to offer IACPR members the group rates for their presentations.  We still have a few details to be worked out before we can proceed with this.   

    The down side to this proposal is that there would be no chance to discuss specific issues.  Keep in mind that any new information for members is posted on the Members Only section of the website.  If the information comes from AACVPR, there will be a link to the AACVPR website.  For example, reimbursement issues will be reported to the membership as the news becomes available.  It is important to keep updated on national as well as regional information.  That is why every program should have an IACPR as well as an AACVPR member.            

    Please consider getting more involved with IACPR.  Contact me or any board member and let us know of your interest.  

    Diane McGrew

    IACPR President 

  • 21 Jan 2010 5:57 PM | Julie Feirer (Administrator)

    Each year IACPR acknowledges an individual who has made significant contributions to our organization by recognizing them as â€œIACPR Distinguished Member of the Year”. Nominations for the award should be sent to Diane McGrew, IACPR President, and will be accepted until March 1. The recipient will be honored with a plaque at the annual membership meeting.

  • 17 Dec 2009 5:58 PM | Julie Feirer (Administrator)

    CMS has posted the January 2010 Update of the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) for Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab programs. The most obvious changes in this document is that the session time has been reduced to 31 minutes, and to bill for two sessions the duration of treatment is 91 minutes. You can read the entire document here.

    There will be an AACVPR Reimbursement Update issued shortly with full interpretation of these changes.

    For those of you who are not AACVPR members, you will need to go to the CMS website, scroll to Chapter 32, page 44 of the document. The MLN Matters document is posted here. 

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