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  • 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. 

  • 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 4:55 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 4:58 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.

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