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Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehab

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) goal is to advance high-quality health care and improve patient outcomes (AANP, 2019).  The AANP strongly advocates for the modernization of current laws to give Nurse Practitioners full practice authority, thus removing barriers to care and improving the health of our nation. The Increasing Access to Quality Cardiac Rehabilitation Care Act of 2019 was introduced in the Senate earlier this November, expanding upon the bipartisan bill of 2018 Improving Access to Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Act, expediting the timeline in which the bill would take effect to 2021, allowing physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and clinical nurse specialists to supervise and order cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation (Capito & Klobuchar, 2019).  Cardiac rehabilitation and pulmonary rehabilitation are medically supervised programs designed to improved cardiac and pulmonary health in patients who have experienced related health problems. Presently only physicians are allowed to order and supervise cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation for Medicare patients, and as a result causing delays in care, making it challenging to operate in rural areas where there are shortages of physicians (Capito & Klobuchar, 2019). The AANP endorses this act, and  wrote numerous letters to Medicare Administrators describing the pivotal role of the Nurse Practitioner in the health care of Americans as well as the barriers to care that exist as a result of not allowing Nurse Practitioners to order or supervise cardiac and pulmonary rehab. The AANP also called upon its members to write their assemblymen and representatives asking them to sponsor and support the bill as well. Additionally, the AANP continuously produces research in support of the Nurse Practitioner’s role in healthcare today. The potential passing of The Increasing Access to Quality Cardiac Rehabilitation Care Act of 2019 would be tremendous step in the right direction in the fight for full practice authority in all 50 states. 

American Association of Nurse Practitioners (2018). Retrieved from:

Capito, S.M., & Klobuchar, A. (2019). Increasing access to quality cardiac rehabilitation care act of 2019. Shelly More Capito United States Senator for West Virgina. Retrieved from:


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