Resistbot Petition: Support HR 1406 to Ensure Continued Access to Cardiac RehabResistbot Petition: Support HR 1406 to Ensure Continued Access to Cardiac Rehab

An open letter to the U.S. Congress

Support HR 1406 to Ensure Continued Access to Cardiac Rehab

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I urge you to support the bipartisan legislation HR 1406, the Sustainable Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitative Services in the Home Act, which was introduced by Reps. John Joyce (R-PA) and Scott Peters (D-CA).  This important legislation would permanently protect access to virtual Cardiac Rehab (CR) and Intensive Cardiac Rehab (ICR) services for Medicare beneficiaries. The COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) provided flexibilities for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to allow for the provision of services via telehealth. This allowance has had a tremendous impact on the ability of Medicare beneficiaries to enroll in or continue receiving CR/ICR. However, the ability for hospitals to provide cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation virtually will end on May 11, 2023, with the PHE. Congress needs to act now to preserve these vital and necessary services.   CR and ICR services have been provided safely and effectively via live audio-visual synchronous virtual visits throughout the public health emergency.  Patient and provider experiences during the PHE have affirmed what is also confirmed in the clinical literature – that CR and ICR services are safe and effective when performed virtually and have equivalent outcomes as when they are performed in a facility or a physician’s office.  In fact, some studies have shown better outcomes virtually than by site-based care.   Importantly, there are significant patient access and utilization concerns that CMS has already recognized for CR and ICR.  CMS has identified these services as underutilized, high value services and solicited comments on how it can expand patient access.  Discontinuing the ability for patients to receive CR/ICR virtually from their homes would further decrease utilization of CR/ICR.   Extending virtual coverage of CR/ICR also helps address known disparities in access to coverage across our country.  Cardiac rehabilitation typically includes up to 36 sessions over up to 36 weeks. Intensive cardiac rehabilitation offers up to 72 sessions of exercise and comprehensive lifestyle education over up to 18 weeks. If only offered in a bricks and mortar setting, patients must live near a facility or physician’s office that is providing this service or they are forced to travel long distances regularly over a period of weeks to avail themselves of CR/ICR.  Many people do not have the time or ability to make such travel commitments.  Virtual delivery of these CR/ICR services solve that problem and permits people in rural and otherwise medically underserved areas to avail themselves of these life-saving underutilized services.   I urge you to cosponsor HR 1406 and work for its passage before the end of the PHE so that patients do not lose access to these vital services.

▶ Created on March 29 by Pritikin ICR

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