Grassroots - YOU ROCK!
AACVPR members are demonstrating an understanding of the importance of improving access for cardiac and pulmonary patients and the financial necessity to expand space and capacity without being forced to take a 40%+ cut in reimbursement.
To date, over 1,974 letters, tweets, and Facebook posts have been sent to US House of Representatives members, asking for support of H.R. 4838. Take Action! This request is coming from CR and PR practitioners, physician champions and medical directors, hospital administrations, and most importantly, patients who are grateful they received the benefits of cardiac or pulmonary rehabilitation and want others to have the same opportunity. Template letters that can be personalized are posted for each of these groups.
A companion bill will soon be introduced in the US Senate. You’ll then be asked to send a letter to each of your two US Senators, again utilizing an AACVPR template letter, personalizing it as you wish.
With enough support in Congress over the next 2-3 weeks, this bill could even conceivably be attached to a larger, year-end Medicare package. Every Congressional sponsor name on this bill is valuable.
Thank you for all you’re doing for your profession and for your patients.
AACVPR has made it easy to become an advocate for CR and PR services with pre-drafted, customizable letters to contact your U.S. House representative and advocate for bill HR 4838. Just 5 minutes and one letter could make a huge difference!
The CSPR leadership team mixed fun and business in Livermore during a recent weekend in November. Our retreat was complete with strategic planning, conference development, walks, brainstorming, bocci ball and team building. We want to welcome you to be part of our great leadership group. If interested reach out by email cspr@cspr. org.
I would like to share with you an important and vital story in CNN Health on how Ted Koppel and his wife have dedicated themselves to fighting COPD. We are all stakeholders in this puzzle of creating more awareness of COPD and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. The article and links provided within, provide a great launching pad in raising awareness and addressing key issues of this public health problem.
Watch the CBS news story by Ted Koppel "Clearing the Air - Living with COPD" which aired November 26, 2017. Here the couple advocates for more research into prevention and treatment, which lags far behind what is devoted to other diseases. You will be amazed!
Learn more about the key stumbling point in making pulmonary rehab available. Read Chris Garvey, NP, Phil Porte and Casburi Ph.D., MD blog post on the CSPR website. “Medicare only reimburses pulmonary rehab at 50% of the rate of cardiac rehab.”
CSPR is taking a grassroots effort in this national campaign and our ask of you is to come together with our similar goals and directions to position ourselves to improve the quality of delivering healthcare to this patient population.
Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to read through this and sharing it with others. This is really a team effort from all of us - healthcare providers, patients, and the general public. As stated in the CBS news story by Dr. Gary Gibbons, (from NHLBI) in order for greater federal funding we need greater appropriation. "Lend your breath and voice that affects so many Americans".
Please lend your voice and tell your congressperson about this great healthcare need. I also encourage you to share your thoughts through our website and social media.
In great appreciation,