Program Leadership in the New Era (PLINE) Virtual Conference

8 Great Speakers, 7 Relevant Topics, 1 Power-packed Program!

This innovative educational program is packed with the information you need to know!

This program is designed for mid-level managers/directors, medical directors, physicians, and exercise physiologists in established Cardiac and/or Pulmonary Rehabilitation facilities, respiratory therapists, nurses and other professionals interested in Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. This intermediate-level program, presented by eight nationally-recognized experts in the field, will provide attendees with the most cutting-edge information and best practice recommendations for running successful rehabilitation programs.

Please note, continuing education credits for the PLINE series are no longer available, as of August 31, 2012.


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Medicare Regulations for Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation: 2010 Review - 2011 Preview
Phil Porte, Legislative Analyst, GRQ, LLC.

Session Description: This session will provide an overview of current Medicare coverage and payment rules. The presenter will address the changes the MACs have instituted and evaluate the expected changes to both coverage and payment in the foreseeable future.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define the regulatory environment that drives both coverage and payment for pulmonary and cardiac rehabilitation services under the Medicare law  
  • Recognize what local contractors may and may not address through their own local coverage determinations (LCDs)  
  • Discuss expected changes in the future

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New Process for Patient Recruitment, Enrollment & Retention
Richard Josephson, MS, MD, FAACVPR

Session Description: Central to the success of every program is adequate patient volume. Numerous studies have clearly demonstrated that Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation is underutilized. This presentation will review practical strategies to enhance patient referral and ultimate enrollment in rehabilitation. Novel and proven methods to screen inpatients and outpatients in a variety of settings, and methods to enhance ultimate enrollment will be emphasized. Ideas will be shared on facilitating program growth through physician friendliness and ensuring processes are compliant with new regulations.

Learning Objectives:

  • Share practical strategies 
  • Illustrate novel and proven methods 
  • Identify practical, applicable tools

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Pulmonary Breakout: The State of Pulmonary Rehabilitation:
Guidelines, Reimbursement and Outcomes
Chris Garvey, FNP, MSN, MPA, FAACVPR &
Gerene Bauldoff, RN, PhD, FAACVPR

Session Description: This session will provide an overview of the state of pulmonary rehabilitation in the US including review of the 4th edition of the recently published Pulmonary Rehabilitation (PR) Guidelines, PR specific reimbursement issues and evidence-based outcomes for PR. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the current pulmonary rehabilitation guideline recommendations 
  • Describe changes to pulmonary rehabilitation reimbursement 
  • Apply evidence-based outcomes to PR programming

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AACVPR Core Competencies for Cardiac Rehabilitation and Secondary Prevetion Professionals: 2010 Update
Larry Hamm, PhD, FAACVPR

Session Description: Cardiac rehabilitation/secondary prevention (CR/SP) services are typically delivered by a multidisciplinary team of health care professionals. The American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) recognizes that, in order to provide high quality services, it is important for these health care professionals to possess certain core competencies. This update to the previous statement identifies ten areas of core competencies for CR/SP health care professionals and identifies specific knowledge and skills for each area.  These core competencies are consistent with the current list of core components for CR/SP programs published by the AACVPR and the American Heart Association and include comprehensive cardiovascular patient assessment; management of blood pressure, lipids, diabetes, tobacco cessation, weight, and psychological issues; exercise training; and counseling for psychosocial, nutritional, and physical activity issues.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the concepts related to core competencies. 
  • Review the 10 areas of core competencies identified in the publication 
  • Discuss the relationship between AACVPR core competencies, core components, and performance measures

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Individualized Treatment Plans - The Roadmap to Success for Your Programs
Gayla Oakley, RN, FAACVPR

Session Description: The Individual treatment plan (ITP) is a comprehensive document that follows the patient’s care in cardiac or pulmonary rehabilitation from assessment to discharge. It is the key component to ensure that we are providing excellence for our patients. The ITP will help coordinate the multidisciplinary care necessary to achieve an evidence-based outcome, meet CMS regulations and AACVPR Program Certification requirements.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the concept and essential components of the Individual Treatment (ITP) 
  • Identify methods for improving your program 
  • Explore AACVPR template

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Motivational Interviewing for Behavior Change
Michael Burke, EdD

Session Description: Motivational Interviewing has demonstrated efficacy for helping patient’s change a number of different health behaviors. This session will provide the participant with a better understanding of how to incorporate the underlying spirit of Motivational Interviewing into their interactions with patients and effectively use Motivational Interviewing skills.
Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the spirit of motivational interviewing supports patient-centered care 
  • Describe reflective listening and eliciting change talk to help empower behavior change 
  • Recognize effective skills for responding to resistance and eliciting change talk

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Managing Your Program's Fiscal Strength: What You Need to Know, What You Need to Do!
Murray Low, EdD, FACSM, FAACVPR

Session Description: Providing high quality services are essential for all cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs. However, your program cannot flourish without wisely planning operational expenses and maximizing revenue. This session will provide participants with practical methods that can enhance financial strength. Topics will include strategies designed to enhance physician referral, preparing annual budgets, designing cost-effective program scheduling, monitoring program expenses and guaranteeing projected revenue.

Learning Objectives:

  • Demonstrate maximizing patient referral using the “hardwired” systems 
  • Describe managing program expenses for cost-effectiveness 
  • Design a plan to guarantee and increase program revenue

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