The Tennessee Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a nonprofit organization affiliated with the American Association of Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Rehabilitation since 1988. It is our purpose to help Tennessee professionals in teaching patients with cardiovascular & pulmonary rehabilitation, physical medicine and health/wellness.
The TACVPR Board of Directors, Committee Members and Members are responsible for the advancement of educational programs and services designed to enhance the scope of knowledge for cardiopulmonary rehabilitation professionals: including, the planning and implementation of spring and fall conferences, to enhance the exchange of information between cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation programs, to provide a unified voice regarding important issues in cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation to the state legislature, commercial insurance carriers and federal government agencies, and to promote, throughout the public sector, an understanding of the nature of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation and to increase awareness of related health care services in the state of Tennessee.
It is our purpose to reduce morbidity, mortality, and disability from cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases through education, prevention, rehabilitation, research, and aggressive disease management.
Supervised Exercise Therapy for Peripheral Artery Disease (SET PAD) will begin paying effective 10/2/2017 using CPT code 93668 (retroactive to 5/25/2017). Palmetto will begin managing claims on Feb 28, 2018. Payment rate for 93668 is $50.30 per visit up to 36 visits and must take place in 12 weeks. Patients are not required to wear an EKG monitor, but may be necessary if patient experiences chest pain during the sessions. AACVPR has developed a PAD Tool Kit that is a perfect template for developing a PAD program. It includes guidelines for exercise prescription (frequency, intensity, time, mode).
The House of Representatives bill 1155 and Senate bill 1361 was included in the Medicare extender package, titled the Advancing Chronic Care, Extenders, and Social Services (ACCESS) Act. The ACCESS bill passed the Senate, the House and has been signed by the President. The effective date of the bill which will allow physician extenders (PAs and NPs) to supervise cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation is January 1, 2024.
Change in Medicare Administrative Contractor:
Effective Sept 7, 2017, Palmetto was awarded the Medicare Administrative Contract for TN, GA and AL. Presently Palmetto also manages Medicare payments for SC, NC, VA and WV. It will assume full responsibility for Part A claims by the end of January and Part B claims by the end of February 2018.
Update on Day on the Hill (DOTH)
Read about Debbie Baker’s trip to Washington D.C. to meet with our senators and congressman. See Reimbursement Tab in left column.