Congestive heart failure is a major cause for hospital readmissions. There have been numerous studies to show that life style management can significantly decrease readmission. For this reason Medicare has expanded their Cardiac Rehabilitation coverage to include congestive heart failure (CHF).
A referral for cardiac rehabilitation can be offered to patients with CHF with a referring diagnosis of CHF AND meets all 4 criteria below:
- EF < 35% or NY Class II-IV
- On optimal therapy for CHF for at least six weeks
- No unplanned cardiovascular admissions within the last six weeks
- No planned cardiovascular admissions/procedures within the last six months
Patients can be referred to Cardiac Rehabilitation program by calling the Cardiovascular Prevention & Fitness Program at (508) 363-5177 or by faxing an order sheet to (508) 363-5343.
In the Cardiac Rehabilitation, patients will be enrolled in a 12 week program of comprehensive lifestyle management and monitored exercise.