We need your help getting this legislation passed!

Your help is needed! We are in the final push to get our Washington representatives to cosign HR 3348 and HR 1956. When Congress returns to DC in the fall we want this legislation to be included in the healthcare package that will be created. Even if you feel that this doesn’t impact you directly it may in the future and it does effect your colleagues.
Things that you can do:
If you haven’t already done so, go to https://app.govpredict.com/portal/grassroots/campaigns/llqfcyvp/take_action and send a letter to your representative.
Call your representatives office and tell them that you want them to support these bills https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative
Email Stacey Greenway (stacey.greenway@vidanthealth.com) and find out how to directly email the healthcare legislative assistant that we have been working with this year and use the form letter to ask for your representatives support.
The time is now! Let’s do this!

OIG report on Cardiopulmonary Rehab 5-2021

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a report of an audit that reviewed their cardiac, intensive cardiac, and pulmonary rehabilitation (CR/ICR/PR) programs. As you may remember there was an OIG audit in 2015 of cardiac and pulmonary services (CR/PR) and identified claims for these services did not comply with Federal requirements.

The objective of this audit was to determine whether CMS regulatory requirements contained sufficient information to ensure that claims for CR/ICR/PR complied with Medicare coverage requirements.  One hospital was selected to review an audit period covering April 2016 through March 2018.

The OIG’s conclusion was that CMS’s regulatory requirements may not be sufficient to ensure providers complied with the intent of the Medicare coverage requirements. More details about specific findings are found in the report.

The recommendation from the OIG was that CMS should revise the regulations to ensure that providers meet coverage requirements. The CMS response to this recommendation was that such changes would require notice and a public comment period and that consideration would be given to CMS’s next steps.

We are uncertain what the next steps will be.  AACVPR is very aware of this issue and we will keep the NCCRA membership aware of any communications or additional information that comes to light.

See a copy of the report here: OIG report 5-2021

Symposium follow up items

We hope that enjoyed this year’s virtual symposium.  There were a few follow up items that we wanted to include that were discussed during the event:

  1.  Article mentioned by Dr. Crouch’s session titled:  AACVPR Guidelines for Pulmonary Rehabilitation 2020-2021: What’s New?
    jama_lindenauer_2020_oi_200034 (1)    jama_rochester_2020_ed_200025
  2. Patient education sheets mentioned by Dr. Sears during his talk entitied: Walk This Way! Psychological Benefits of Exercise in the Cardiac Rehab Setting
    af pt page
    chf 2013 confidence pt page
    coping with trauma pt page 2013
    icd spouse patient page 2009
    pt page covid
    pt page shock
    sexual health and icd 2010
    sexual health with CAD 2014
  3. Dr. King’s slides for his talk entitled: Fundamentals of PAD Rehab: “The Journey of a Thousand Miles begins with a Single Step-Tao”
    PAD slides

Are you familiar with the NCCRA Student Outreach Program?

by Bridget Way

One of the goals of the NCCRA is to increase awareness of our profession. A great way to do this is by reaching out to students and educators across the state at schools that have Exercise Science programs. In 2019, the Membership Committee began presenting at local schools and received wonderful feedback. The pandemic paused our outreach efforts, but we were able to begin presenting virtually across the state a few months later. So far, we’ve presented at Campbell, Shaw, Chapel Hill, Meredith, Mount Olive (2 separate presentations), Appalachian, and Wake Forest.

We want to provide students the opportunity to network with and learn from professionals in the field of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, beyond the regular internships and the annual Symposium. We want to reach students who may have never heard of this field. By giving a presentation or simply talking about what you do, our members can play a crucial role in helping meet these goals.

We created a Google spreadsheet with all the current contact information for each school, along with space to record your information when you pick a school you want to present to. We also created a basic power point presentation that you can modify to meet your needs.  Below is the Google drive link for the sign-up sheet. The power point is posted on the NCCRA website.


School Presentation_generic – Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Final Reminder – deadlines are approaching for membership and symposium registration

Continuing Education Opportunity – earn CEUs!!

 Greetings, NCCRA!  This is a final reminder to register for the 41st NCCRA Annual Symposium…deadlines are approaching!

NCCRA membership deadline (to get discount code for the symposium):  Friday, April 23


Symposium registration deadline: Monday, April 26


Home Health and Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation services

Did you know?
Patients can receive home health services at the same time as being enrolled in cardiopulmonary rehab. As stated by Karen Lui from AACVPR:
“Beneficiaries may leave the home for medical reasons, such as CR or PR services, and still be homebound if leaving requires a considerable and taxing effort. CR and PR are physician services so are excluded from HH consolidated billing rules. In addition, the procedure codes used for CR and PR do not conflict with HH codes because they are for different medical reasons (i.e., diagnoses). “
For more information you can go to:
Services included in the bundled services of HH:  HHCB_db_4-1-2019

41st Annual NC Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Symposium: Moving Forward Together

Dear Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Professional:

It’s time to get registered for the 41st Annual NC Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Symposium: Moving Forward Together in Cardiac, Pulmonary and Vascular Rehabilitation

We are excited to share this great educational opportunity that will enhance your rehab practice!

The symposium will be held over two days:  Tuesday, April 27th from 12:30—5:15 and Tuesday, May 4th from 12:30-5:15  (Log-in at 12:15)

2021 Virtual Mtg Brochure

2021 Symposium Cost:

NCCRA members $20 per day

Non NCCRA members $50 per day

People who renewed their NCCRA membership this year will receive an email containing a discount code that will used when you register for the symposium.  This discount code is a membership benefit and we ask you do not share it with others.
Membership registration must be completed by April 22nd in order to receive the discount code for the symposium http://nccraonline.org/membership/registration/


Symposium registration:  https://www.easternahec.net/courses-and-events/65636

To register through the EAHEC registration page, you must create a MyAHEC account or use an existing one if you have it.  A flowchart of this registration process can be found here MyAHECAccountInstructions

The link above takes you directly to the Registration page for the program and you will have the option to choose which session or sessions you would like to attend.

Symposium registration must be completed by noon on 4/26  

We are excited for the event and we hope that you are too!

Thank you Lisa Warren for your service to NCCRA

We would like to take a moment to thank Lisa Warren for her service to the NCCRA as the Nursing Discipline chair.

Lisa is stepping down as discipline chair after serving for the last six years!

Lisa – we appreciate your dedication to the NCCRA and the field of cardiopulmonary rehab.

If you are interested in serving as the Nursing Discipline chair please email Jennifer Simmons at Jennifer Simmons (current NCCRA president) jennicleary@yahoo.com or Butch DeBoever (Executive Director) bdeboo57@gmail.com

Celebrating a CVP rehab milestone! Let us help you celebrate!

NCCRA Membership Drive

During 2020 the NCCRA Board made the decision not to hold our annual membership drive.  Despite the financial impact that this decision had on the organization, we wanted to acknowledge and honor the effect that COVID19 had on our membership and their hospitals. 

2021 brings a new year and we hope, a fresh start!  Despite the pandemic our mission has remained the same.  We have continued to support our membership, profession and patients and we hope you will plan on showing your support of that mission by becoming a member in 2021.  The financial stability of our organization relies heavily on our membership dues.  This year the membership drive will occur ahead of the annual symposium due to the move to a virtual event through Eastern AHEC.  The NCCRA membership registration and payment will be handled through the website.  If you decided to attend the symposium, that payment will be handled through the EAHEC website.  We look forward to sharing more details about the engaging virtual symposium being planned for April 27th and May 4th.  NCCRA members will be eligible to attend the symposium at a discounted rate.

The cost for NCCRA membership is $50 and payments can be made by check or through Paypal.  Even if you pay by check, please don’t forget to complete your membership application at http://nccraonline.org/membership/registration/.

Please contact any of your Board members if you have questions or concerns.

Thank you for your support,