ACC President Praises Bipartisan Cardiac Rehab Legislation

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WASHINGTON (Feb 22, 2017) -

American College of Cardiology President Richard Chazal, MD, FACC, made the following statement on H.R. 1155, bipartisan legislation that would allow advanced practice providers to supervise cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs:

"Cardiac rehabilitation can be a vital component of a patient's recovery from a heart attack, heart surgery or for management of heart failure. Supervision requirements for cardiac rehab are currently more stringent than other outpatient services; this negatively impacts access for our patients in areas with physician shortages and drives up costs for these programs," said American College of Cardiology President Richard Chazal, MD, FACC. "If enacted, this legislation will allow the cardiovascular community's well-qualified advanced practice providers to provide the day-to-day supervision of cardiac rehab and help us meet the needs of our patients. We thank Rep. Jenkins and Rep. Lewis for their leadership and commitment."

The American College of Cardiology is a 52,000-member medical society that is the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team. The mission of the College is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College operates national registries to measure and improve care, offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions, provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent qualifications. For more, visit


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