Rehabilitating the Heart of the Nation

The Spring issue of Cardiology magazine examines the pending legislation before the U.S. Congress that would expand access to cardiac rehabilitation (rehab) for patients in areas of need and to transform secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease across the country. This legislation would allow advanced practice clinicians (nurse practitioners, physician assistants and clinical nurse specialists) to meet the "direct supervision" requirement under Medicare. According to Linda L. Hart, DNP, RN, ACNP-BC, AACC, a member of ACC’s Health Affairs Committee, and chair of ACC’s Cardiovascular Team Section Advocacy Work Group, “this legislation represents an opportunity for U.S. health care to move away from costly and unnecessary requirements, and provides a model for cardiovascular practices to embrace team-based care in a way that positively impacts our patients and expands access to important programs that prevent repeat cardiovascular events.” Read more on Get the full issue at