Cardiac Rehabilitation - Frequently Asked Questions
Does my insurance cover outpatient
Most insurances fully cover the cost of CR, but
the type and extent of reimbursement depends on the contract between the
insurance carrier and the enrollee. Prior to starting rehab, a cardiac rehab
staff member will meet with an interested patient to discuss all insurance
concerns, including verification of policy, the level of reimbursement, whether
precertification is required, and the possible number of sessions provided by
the patient's insurance plan.
How often must I go to rehab and for
Your physician will determine the length of stay in rehab.
Typically, most patients spend eight to twelve weeks in therapy, meeting three
times a week with each session lasting about one hour.
Why do I need
to do it?
Studies have shown that for those who took part in cardiac
rehab survival is significantly increased over those who did not participate in
cardiac rehab, particularly in the three years following a cardiac event.
Through the strengthening of the heart and body, and providing education about
exercise, diet, smoking, stress relief and other healthy lifestyle measures,
cardiac rehabilitation gives participants an effective means of managing their