Meet AACVPR's Executive Director -
Megan Cohen, MPA, CAE

History & Mission

Founded in 1985, the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) is dedicated to our mission of reducing morbidity, mortality and disability from cardiovascular and pulmonary disease through education, prevention, rehabilitation, research and disease management. Central to the core mission is improvement in quality of life for patients and their families.

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2014-2016 Strategic Plan

In 2013, the AACVPR Board of Directors worked to identify the needs of its members, the opportunities within the industry, and the direction of the association. The result is the 2014-2016 Strategic Plan. You may CLICK HERE to read the strategic plan in its entirety, or view the plan in an overview format by CLICKING HERE.

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 Code of Conduct

Before submitting your membership application, you must read the Code of Ethical and Professional Conduct. When finished, CLICK HERE to apply for membership.

This code is designed to aid the Members and Fellows of the Association, individually and collectively, to maintain a high level of ethical and professional conduct. The code may be considered a standard by which a Member or Fellow may determine the propriety of his or her conduct, relationship with colleagues, members of allied professions, the public, and all persons with whom a professional relationship has been established. These should be concordant with the principal purpose of the Association, which is the improvement of clinical practice, promotion of scientific inquiry, and advancement of education for the benefit of health-care professionals and the public in the multidisciplinary field of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation.

Members and Fellows should strive continuously to improve their knowledge and skills and to make available to their colleagues and to the public the benefits of their professional attainments.

Members and Fellows should maintain high professional and scientific standards and should not voluntarily associate professionally with those who violate this principle.

The Association should safeguard the public and itself against Members or Fellows who are deficient in ethical conduct or professional competence.

Any Fellow or Member required by law to be licensed, certified, or otherwise regulated by any government agency or professional association in order to practice his or her profession must remain in good standing before that agency or association as a condition of continued membership in the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Any expulsion, suspension, probation, or other sanction imposed by such government or professional body on any Fellow or Member may be grounds for disciplinary action by the Association.

Any Fellow or Member may make disclosure of affiliation with the Association in an appropriate professional context, including use in curriculum vitae, in biographical descriptions, or in another professional, dignified manner. Disclosure of affiliation may not be made in connection with any commercial venture without prior written authorization of the Association. A commercial venture is defined here to mean the sale of any goods, services, or other property for a valuable consideration with the exception of books, journal articles, or other professional publications. Requests for such authorization should be made in writing to the President or the Executive Director of the Association. Fellows may list their affiliation with the Association on professional or business cards, only by the use of the initials F.A.A.C.V.P.R.: members other than Fellows may not use this affiliation on business or professional cards. Disclosure in violation of these guidelines may be grounds for disciplinary action.

The use of the name of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation as a cosponsoring or cooperating organization for professional meetings, professional education programs, and the like must follow the guidelines of the Association for these specific designations.

Any Fellow or Member of the Association may be disciplined or expelled for conduct which in the opinion of the Board of Directors, is derogatory to the dignity or inconsistent with the purposes of the Association. The expulsion of a Fellow or Member may be ordered upon the affirmative vote of two-thirds of the members of the Board of Directors present at a regular or special meeting and only after such Fellow or Member has been informed of the charges preferred and has been given an opportunity to refute such charges before the Board of Directors. Other disciplinary action such as reprimand, probation, or censure may be recommended by the Committee on Ethics and Professional Conduct and ordered following the affirmative vote of at least two-thirds of the members of the Board of Directors present at a regular or special meeting, or by mail ballot provided a quorum take action.

Membership in AACVPR is effective July 1 through June 30. Membership is not pro-rated; however, members joining after March 1 will be deferred until July 1. Membership dues are non-refundable nor deductible as a charitable contribution. Membership dues may be deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense. Consult your tax advisor for information.

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AACVPR is a multidisciplinary professional association comprised of health professionals who serve in the field of cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation. Members include: cardiovascular and pulmonary physicians, nurses, exercise physiologists, physical therapists, behavioral scientists, respiratory therapists, dieticians, nutritionists psychologists, researchers and more. We are committed to the continued professional development of our members through networking and educational opportunities.

AACVPR currently has a membership of approximately 3,000 health care professionals with the vast majority being cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation program directors and supervisors.


As an AACVPR member, you will receive:

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The success of AACVPR depends on the activities of a dedicated volunteer Board of Directors, a committed staff and over 20 volunteer committees. 

The Board of Directors is the governing body for AACVPR and is responsible for developing the organization’s strategic plan and making fiscal and policy decisions that align AACVPR activities with its mission and vision and result in significant benefit to its members.

Committee leaders and members develop resources, organize and implement initiatives and keep a keen eye on policies resulting in exceptional educational opportunities, and resources important to the fulfillment of our mission and our members’ success.

AACVPR is aligned with 42 active AACVPR Affiliate Societies who provide local cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs with education and networking opportunities in their geographic areas and across the US.

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AACVPR is proud to collaborate with a wide variety of professional liaison organizations and strategic partners, and values the relationships built with other like-minded professional organizations. These partnerships allow AACVPR to broaden its scope, reach a more extensive audience, and provide connections that allow the greatest positive influence on program quality and patient outcomes.
Professional Liaisons
AACVPR is proud to partner with a wide variety of liaison organizations that share our Mission and Vision. 

Collaboration with these organizations on a number of strategic initiatives has resulted in benefits to our members, improvement in program services and enhanced patient outcomes.   

The following is a sample of liaison activities:

  • JCAHO Lung Volume Reduction Surgery Expert Panel
  • JCAHO COPD Certification application process
  • US Cardiology Advisory Panel
  • US COPD Coalition partner
  • American Lung Association – COPD Campaign
  • American Heart Association “Get with the Guidelines”
  • ANCC Cardiac/Vascular Nurse Exam Review Course
  • Peripheral Artery Disease Coalition and Vascular Disease Foundation
  • Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist Exam Commission of the Committee on the Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

Corporate / Industry Support

AACVPR is grateful to our corporate and industry supporters. Their financial support assists in providing high quality educational opportunities and sustains special initiatives that otherwise might not be possible. 

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Publications and Resources

AACVPR publishes a number of key documents dedicated to advancing the quality of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation and secondary prevention programs.

Key publications from AACVPR include:

AACVPR continues to lead and participate in writing groups for guidelines, scientific reviews and publications in peer-reviewed journals. A comprehensive collection of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation resources can be found in the Resources for AACVPR Members section of the Web site.

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Annual Meeting
Each year, AACVPR hosts its Annual Meeting, providing members, leaders and Affiliate partners the opportunity to meet and learn current scientific information and state of the art program models for cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation. Over 1,000 professionals attend the AACVPR Annual Meeting, which includes the Exhibit Showcase, keynotes and breakout sessions presented by industry thought leaders, and abstract presentations. 
Distance Learning & Leadership Training

AACVPR also provides members with educational opportunities through distance learning programs, including Webcasts and the content-rich AACVPR online Marketplace & Education Center.
For those new to the profession of cardiac or pulmonary rehabilitation, or those seeking in-depth understanding on issues specific to program management, AACVPR provides a leadership workshop and other resources. Click Here for more information on our Program Leadership In the New Era conference.

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Health & Public Policy

AACVPR has an active Health & Public Policy Committee and a strong advocacy program with a dedicated government relations staff in Washington, D.C.  AACVPR was instrumental in crafting the foundation of Senate bill S.329 and the House companion bill, HR 552. This Bill, passed after strong urging from AACVPR and our partner organizations, creates a specific benefit category in Medicare law for cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation. AACVPR health policy staff and volunteers continue to work closely with CMS toward implementation of rules related to this Bill that will have significant implications for both clinical practice and fiscal sustainability in cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation.

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AACVPR Program Certification

AACVPR sponsors a Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program Certification process, the only peer-reviewed accreditation process designed to review individual facilities for adherence to standards and guidelines developed and published by the AACVPR and other professional societies.

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Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Data Registry

The AACVPR Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Registry is a unique and powerful tool for tracking patient outcomes and program performance in meeting evidence-based guidelines for secondary prevention of heart and vascular disease. It provides cardiac rehabilitation programs with national outcomes data for benchmarking and demonstrate the positive impact of cardiac rehabilitation on the morbidity, mortality, physical function, and quality of life of heart patients across the United States. Click Here to learn more.

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Outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation Data Registry

The AACVPR Outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation Registry is a powerful tool for tracking patient outcomes and program performance in meeting evidence-based guidelines for secondary prevention of pulmonary disease. It provides pulmonary rehabilitation programs with national outcomes data for benchmarking and demonstrate the positive impact of pulmonary rehabilitation on the morbidity, mortality, physical function, and quality of life of pulmonary patients across the United States.

  • Access program and patient data reports instantly, and benchmark your results against national averages.
  • Implement quality improvement projects based on real data, and enhance documentation for administrators and referring physicians.
  • Influence healthcare policy makers to utilize cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, and improve coverage and reimbursement rates for your program.

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