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Comply with CMS guidelines for cardiac, pulmonary rehabilitation

APCs Insider, January 29, 2010

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Cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation program coordinators face many challenges as they implement new Medicare guidelines that became effective January 1, but those changes are a step in the right direction.
“I think it’s very exciting, but it will be a very challenging year,” says Christine Garvey, FNP, MSN, MPA, FAACVPR, manager at Seton Pulmonary & Cardiac Rehabilitation in Daly City, CA. “This is going to be a critical transition year.”

Cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs must comply with Medicare guidelines to receive payment. Although some requirements are the same for both programs, others are not. Comprehensive rehabilitation programs must include a medical evaluation, an individualized treatment plan, psychosocial evaluation, prescribed exercise, education, and counseling. They also may last for up to 36 sessions.

Continue reading “Comply with CMS guidelines for cardiac, pulmonary rehab” on the HCPro Web site. Briefings on APCs subscribers have free access to this article in the February issue.

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