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  • 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. 

  • 24 Nov 2009 2:01 PM | Julie Feirer (Administrator)

    AACVPR is addressing the physician supervision rules in the Critical Access Hospital (CAH) setting. They are asking our help in getting this brief survey to all programs so that AACVPR can better ascertain the magnitude of this issue and strategize a plan to address it. Please have one person in your program fill out this survey here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=VFNjBuVyv8POG6S83RjhXA_3d_3d

    Information for 2010 Medicare rules is now posted for AACVPR members along with FAQ documents for both CR and PR, which will be updated as questions are received. The Conditions of Coverage documents (Section 410.49 for CR and Section 410.47 for PR) are also posted on the Legislative and Regulatory Resources web page.

    We continue to have problems with email delivery to members. Please update your email in your member profile so that you will receive timely communications.

  • 25 Aug 2009 3:55 PM | Julie Feirer (Administrator)

    Those of you who are members of AACVPR received an email last week asking you, as cardiac and pulmonary rehab professionals, to submit your comments regarding CMS' proposed new rules for cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation that will be effective January 1, 2010. The leadership of IACPR encourages everyone to submit comments. We are not asking for patient comments at this time.

    All of the information you need to submit comments is included here. Included is background information, as well as the links to submit your comments. CMS considers the volume of comments received and whether the comments are consistent, so please encourage your program medical director and hospital administration to submit comments as well. Comments must be submitted by August 31, 2009.

    This is our last chance to help CMS "get it right." Please take this action that will benefit your patients and programs.

  • 15 Jul 2009 3:58 PM | Julie Feirer (Administrator)

    The AACVPR News & Views is launching a new column "Innovative Programming/Best Practice." The purpose is to highlight innovative programming ideas and best practice standards and the people behind them. The column will appear in each issue of News & Views. 

    You are the best source of information or ideas about creative means to provide effective and efficient care for patients and programming. IACPR is encouraging its members to evaluate your abilities, co-workers, and programs and submit these ideas to be shared with all AACVPR members through the "Innovative Programming/Best Practice Standards" column in News & Views.

    Your ideas can be submitted in one of two ways:

    1.    A short article (less than 250 words) describing how a person, program, or affiliate is practicing innovative programming and/or exemplifying best practice standards

    2.    Quick ideas or examples of innovation/best practice – somewhat like a “Tip of the Week.”

    Please send your submissions to Diane McGrew, IACPR president, and she will forward them to the AACVPR national office.

  • 2 May 2009 4:05 PM | Julie Feirer (Administrator)

    Nancy Steingreaber was nominated for this award by Laura Mackaman of Iowa Health System. Here are some of Nancy's accomplishments and activities that she noted:

    Member of IACPR

    Member of AACVPR 

    Heart and Lung Games - Helped to organize and facilitate this event every year while this was held helping with transportation of patients to and from the event.

    IACPR Committee Leader: Education Committee Co-Chair

    * TriNetwork Committee member past 10+ years (incuding this year) 

    * TriNetwork Committee Chair - coordinated conferences the years of 2002, 2005, and 2008 when Iowa hosted the event. Duties for this include scheduling speakers, on-site location details, budget, brochure, registration, monthly teleconferences and overall trouble shooting to name a few! 

    Current Program Director of Skiff Medical Center in Newton.

    Active community member supporting heart healthy awareness events.

    Nancy is professional, fun, caring, and has represented the IACPR for many years with what seems to be endless energy!

    We are proud to recognize Nancy for this award!

  • 3 Mar 2009 4:06 PM | Julie Feirer (Administrator)

    Sixteenth Annual Trinetwork Conference: Combining Forces for Future Growth

    April 17-18, 2009

    Click here to view the agenda (link no longer valid)

    Hotel information

    Embassy Suites Omaha-La Vista 

    2525 Westport Parkway 

    La Vista,Nebraska 68128 


    The new Embassy Suites Omaha - La Vista Hotel & Conference Center is situated just off of Interstate 80 in the new Southport shopping, business and entertainment development. The hotel is adjacent to the new Cabela’s and just minutes from Omaha’s famous Old Market district, Shadow Lake Towne Center and Village Pointe shopping center.

    Complimentary breakfast and social hour included for registered guests.

    For Reservations please call  1-800-embassy

    Room rates -  $119.00 single person, $135.00 two, then $15.00 per person for 3 or more.

  • 29 Jan 2009 4:11 PM | Julie Feirer (Administrator)

    The IACPR program certification committee will no longer be reviewing program certification applications. The role of the state committees is now to serve as a resource to programs applying for program certification.  Please contact any of the following committee members with questions about program certification or re-certification:

    Janie Knipper, Committee Chair

    Phone: (319) 356-8396

    Fax: (319) 353-7199

    E-mail:  jane-knipper@uiowa.edu


    Pat Cavanaugh

    Pulmonary contact

    Phone: (515) 247-3145

    Fax: (515) 643-8909

    E-mail:  pcavanaugh@mercydesmoines.org


    Karen Doy

    Cardiac contact

    Phone: (563) 421-6991

    Fax: (563) 421-6999

    E-mail: doyk@genesishealth.com


    Peg King

    Pulmonary or Cardiac contact

    Phone: (515) 433-8264

    Fax: (515) 432-0880

    E-mail:  cardiacrehab@boonecountyhospital.com


    Claire Shannon-Klann

    Cardiac contact

    Phone: (563) 422-9764

    Fax: (563) 422-9771

    E-mail:  jerothli@palmerlutheran.org

  • 25 Sep 2008 4:18 PM | Julie Feirer (Administrator)

    Location: via Iowa Communication Network, see sites listed below. Additional sites can be set up with a minimum of 5 participants by contacting Patty Huisenga or call 515-239-6780. If any of the sites below have less than 5 participants, the site may be cancelled.

    Audience: Interested Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Professionals

    Purpose: To educate Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation professionals on:

    1. Program needs for patients with high oxygen requirements
    2. Exercise heart rate recommendations for Phase II Cardiac Rehabilitation Patients
    3. Nutrition education ideas to facilitate behavior change


    Jane Knipper, RN, MA, AE-C, FAACVPR, Program Coordinator of Pulmonary Rehabilitation at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

    Leah Lenz, MSPT, ES, CSCS, Physical Therapist for the University of Iowa’s Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Program

    Denise Albert, RD, LD, Dietician for the University of Iowa's Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Program


    1. Identify indications of the need for supplemental oxygen
    2. Discuss program policy allowing flexibility in administration of supplemental oxygen during exercise.
    3. List delivery devices for the administration of high flow oxygen.
    4. Discuss appropriate maximal heart rate limitation for patients who have had an AMI, when entering into phase II cardiac rehabilitation
    5. Discuss characteristics that define patients more likely to have lower peak heart rates
    6. Identify nutrition education ideas to help facilitate behavior change.

    Cost: Please note that the charge for CEUs is new this fall! This program is free to all members of IACPR. A program fee for non-member is $20.00. All requests for CEUs require a $10.00 processing fee. Payment for CEUs can be made with PayPal when registering online or, on site day of conference. Make checks payable to IACPR. If you would like to become a IACPR member, or renew your membership for $35.00/year, click here. Two ICN conferences per year are included with membership.

    Continuing Education Units: 0.3 Nursing CEUs are approved by Mary Greeley Medical Center, provider #95. No partial credit will be granted. Certificate of Attendance provided to all Respiratory and Physical Therapists. 


    8:45 Registration

    8:55 Roll Call-Welcome-Announcements Diane McGrew, RN IACPR President

    9:10 Patients with High Oxygen Needs: Can Your Program Meet Those Needs? (Jane Knipper)

    10:30 AACVPR Poster Presentations/Clinical Practice Updates. (Leah Lenz, Denise Albert

    12:00 Evaluations

    12:15 Adjournment

    ICN Sites:

    Ankeny High School 1302 NW Ankeny Blvd, Room #522 Ankeny (Monitor: Laura Mackaman)

    Atlantic Public Library 507 Poplar Street Atlantic (Monitor: Beth McDermott)

    Area Education Agency 267 3712 Cedar Heights Dr. Cedar Falls (Monitor: Bobbie Emerson)

    Marion Linn-Mar High School 3111 N. 10th St. Marion (Monitor: Stephanie Cooper)

    Dubuque Comm. School Dist. Forum 2300 Chaney Room: Marv O’Hare Dubuque (Monitor: Carla Taft)

    Trinity Regional Medical Center 802 Kenyon Road ICN Room Ft Dodge (Monitor: Kathy Johnson)

    Center for Disabilities University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics 100 Hawkins Drive Iowa City (Monitor: Leah Lenz)

    North Iowa Area Community College-4 500 College Drive Room: CB118 Mason City (Monitor: Rhonda Halfpop)

    Newton Senior high School 800 E 4th Street S. Room: 104 Newton (Monitor: Nancy Steingreaber)

    Orange City Hospital and Clinics 400 Central Avenue NW Orange City (Monitor: Robin Bird)

    Ottumwa Regional Health Center 1001 E. Pennsylvania, Conference Room A Ottumwa (Monitor: Leslie Heemsbergen)

    West Burlington High School 408 W. Van Weiss Blvd. West Burlington (Monitor: TBD)

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