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 8-12, 2021 (formerly House Bill #4838; S4151)
Even though this years Day on the Hill initiative was not performed in our “traditional” face to face meeting platform, the use of virtual zoom allowed us the benefit of extending our Congressional and Senator meetings over the entire week and beyond. While the method was different the message remained clear and strong for the need to expand Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab services beyond 250 yards of our hospital setting while receive the same OPPS reimbursement. As we all know CR/PR services
These outcomes are and should be enough motivation for all of us to continue advocating for our patients. Sending correspondence via e-mails, letters, phone calls to our representatives lets them know how much we value our profession and the impact we make in peoples lives every day!
Please go the the AACVPR website and click on Advocacy. There you will find resources to help you reach out to your representatives.
The AACVPR website also has THE PULSE- a member to member real time communication board to pose questions and share information. If you are not a member please consider joining. Together we have a stronger voice for our patients.
SAVE THE DATE AACVPR NATIONAL CONFERENCE
OCTOBER 6-9, 2021
SAN ANTONIO TEXAS
Board of Directors Update
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, Behaviorist, Member at large Middle and Membership Chair.
New Contact Information (Allan Lewis)
Allan Lewis, 423- or email [email protected]
President’s Update Spring 2021
TACVPR President’s Note from Debbie Baker, RN CCRP
This past year has brought many challenges and change in our personal and professional lives. During the covid-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) most programs were forced to close or operate at reduced capacity. Therefore, across the entire healthcare system the use of telehealth become an important component of health care delivery. This forced many to think beyond their “normal” “routine” way of meeting the needs of the population we serve.
During the PHE CMS issued temporary waivers that allow for utilization of telecommunications technology to assist in healthcare delivery. This allows cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation services to extend to CMS patients (not private insurers) During the February AACVPR webinar Dr. Todd Brown presented the New Delivery System for CR and PR services. (a) In person (traditional center based) – CR/PR professionals and patients are together in the hospital, on or off campus location, physicians office (b) Virtual (synchronous) – CR/PR staff and patients are NOT in the same locations; patients may be at home; services using real time audio-visual technology; physician supervision provided by availability to interact with the patient via real-time audio-visual technology (c) Remote (asynchronous) – CR/PR staff and patient are NOT in the same location; no use of real time audio-visual technology
Delivery of care requirements do not change, only the method of delivery. There are administrative tasks your department and your hospital need to do in developing these services.
To assist you AACVPR’s September 23,2020 reimbursement update email and their website posted a FACT SHEET and additional webinar resources. AACVPR advocates virtual/remote delivery complements , but does not replace, “traditional” delivery of care. AACVPR and other healthcare provides are focusing on continued use of telehealth beyond the PHE .
TACVPR ANNUAL FALL CONFERENCE: November 2021 more details coming soon. If you would like to help with planning contact me [email protected]
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
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