Provided by: American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) | The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted its proposed regulations for Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment Services, with formal publication in the Federal Register scheduled for later this month. This proposed regulation provides detailed information regarding cardiac rehabilitation (CR), intensive cardiac rehabilitation (ICR), and pulmonary rehabilitation (PR).
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!
CSPR is proud to thank:
Missy Von Luehrthe (CSPR) and Lori Waddell, Julie Rounds (CSCR) for advocating for California!
Focus is on Advocacy: To request to Congress in 2019 is to seek support for legislation that would correct the unintended consequences of Section 603 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015. This mandates payment reduction for hospital outpatient services that re-locate or open at an off-campus site. For cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation services wanting to expand to improve patient access, this is a major barrier.
You can get involved too! AACVPR website has wonderful resources for Day on the Hill (DOTH) 2019 from Home and Advocacy Day on the Hill.