Palmetto Local Coverage Determination (LCDs) for Cardiac, Pulmonary and PVD Rehabilitation
Congressional Bills Update October 24, 2019
AACVPR has a bill, HR #4838, (SOS Sustainability of Outpatient Services Act) that, if passed, will allow programs to expand to off campus sites and receive reimbursement at the hospital rate. The virtual letter writing campaign started in Nov 2019 and all members are asked to go the advocacy section of www.aacvpr.org to send a follow up letter. Day on the Hill (DOTH) is March 2-3, 2020. Debbie Baker, RN, Matt Thomas, MS and Allan Lewis, MS will be attending.
AACVPR and the American Heart Association each have separate bills before congress which may be addressed this Fall in both the House and the Senate. AACVPR’s bill is focused on allowing hospitals to move their cardiopulmonary rehab programs off campus (more than 250 yds) and get paid at the hospital rate. The AHA bill is addressing the issue of NPs and PAs supervising cardiopulmonary rehabilitation sooner than the January 2024 start date. Included in the bill is a provision to allow non-physician practitioners to sign the phase II referral for cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation. Presently, only the physician can sign the referral.