Due to recent changes in Medicare, physicians are now able to refer more patients to UMCP's accredited Cardiac Rehabilitation Program.
Medicare has expanded its coverage for cardiac rehab to include three additional diagnoses. More patients may now receive the proven benefits of cardiac rehab, including those with:
- Heart valve repair/replacement
- Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) or coronary stenting
- Heart or heart-lung transplant
These diagnoses are already covered:
- Acute MI
- Coronary bypass surgery
- Stable angina pectoris
In addition, congestive heart failure, while not covered by Medicare, is covered by many commercial insurance companies. This program is by physician referral only.