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.
DOTH March 2-3, 2020 House Bill #4838
As a follow up to your initial letter advocating for the House Bill #4838, please follow these steps to send a second letter. If you did not send one initially, please send one. We need your help and your patients’ help in contacting your member of the House of Representatives in Washington DC. The virtual letter writing campaign is now open. Go to www.aacvpr.org and click on the tab that says advocacy. Click on Advocacy/Take Action. Look for initial letter button or follow up letter button. The necessary steps are listed. Encourage your staff and patients to send a letter. The purpose of this House Bill #4838 SOS: Sustaining Outpatient Services Act, is to improve access to cardiac and pulmonary rehab.
Urgent Sept 28, 2020 Contact your senator or congressman.
See reimbursement section on directions.
President’s Update Winter 2020
TACVPR President’s Note from Debbie Baker, RN CCRP
The coronavirus pandemic puts an extraordinary and unprecedented burden on health systems, organizations, and professionals. Never before have we faced a global crisis of this magnitude, one that challenges every country’s capacity to deliver health care services. We know health facilities and professionals are under intense pressure as we face many unknowable, uncertain or unpredictable challenges that force us to operate out of our conventional practices. Constantly adjusting workforce staffing capacity, supply chain with personal protective equipment and financial impacts are fore front in our daily decisions. That being said, it’s been amazing to see communities across America come together to help their neighbors in time of need, particularly in the healthcare community. As we move into a new year we realize many of these 2020 challenges will continue as a way of life for 2021. With the changes comes fear and concern as we are looking for normal-see with our day to day lives at home and in our work environments. Communication, collaboration and innovation remain ever present as we strive to continue to provide excellent care. AACVPR has instituted as means to assist members with this via the PULSE. This avenue of communication allows members to ask questions and share information. It is a great resource and I highly recommend members signing into aacvpr.org then click on AACVPR Central in the green tool bar at the top of the page. This will take you to the conversation page. Once you start viewing and or comment you will receive updates as other members post. I plan on contacting facilities again to check on status but feel free to contact me anytime. [email protected]
TACVPR ANNUAL FALL CONFERENCE: Due to COVID-19 risks – TBD
Get Involved with TACVPR
If you are interested in becoming more involved with TACVPR please contact me. We have board member positions available and encourage you to think about how you can help us continue moving forward in providing excellent care to our patient population.
Debbie Baker R.N. CCRP
Director Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Center
1 Medical Center Boulevard, Cookeville, TN 38501
Phone: 931-783-2786 931-783-2689 Fax: 931-783-2695
Please contact me for questions, suggestion or position interests at 931-783-2786 or [email protected]
Board of Directors Update
You will find the minutes from the BOD meeting in the Membership section, along with a financial report for TACVPR and one for the Fall Conference. Just click Members only.
If you are interested in getting more involved with the state organization please give me a call. We have some BOD positions open: President Elect, Dietitian, Behaviorist, Member at large Middle and Membership Chair.
New Contact Information (Allan Lewis)
Although I am officially retired Nov 8., 2019, I will continue to assist with this website and serve as the Past President of TACVPR until Nov 2020. My contact information is below. Please text me first if you want to speak to me as I may think you are a marketing call. Allan Lewis, 423- or email [email protected]