On behalf of the Board of Directors of ISCHR, thank you once again for your support and commitment to being a member of ISCHR and AACVPR.

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Did you know that if you become an AACVPR member

you are automatically a Joint Affliliate member of 

Illinois' CR/PR professional association: ISCHR? 

  • An opportunity to gather with other IL CR/PR professionals at the ISCHR networking event at the annual AACVPR meeting
  • An opportunity to lobby IL representatives and Senators for legislation directly affecting our work
  • Up to the minute advocacy and legislation updates 
  • Access to AACVPR's and ISCHR's members only discussion forum
  • Free access to quarterly ISCHR Educational webinars
  • Discounted tuition to AACVPR's Annual Meeting
  • Discounted tuition to ISCHR's Annual Education conference
  • Northern, Central and Southern Regional Chairs that are available as a resource for questions and concerns regarding your CR/PR programs 


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ISCHR Members, 

This letter serves as your Call to Action for our first IL State Signing Week in support of current legislation proposed for the advocacy of Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab patients and programs across the country. 

We need you, your patients, their support system (families/friends/loved ones), your peers, multidisciplinary team members, Medical Directors, and your Health System Administration to make some noise and engage in AACVPRs Take Action campaign. 

From June 17th-June 21st we need your support for HR 955/S. 1949 and HR 1406/S. 3021. 

As a reminder:

HR 955/S. 1849, SOS: Sustaining Outpatient Services Act supports equitable Medicare reimbursement for outpatient cardiopulmonary rehab services whether on campus or off campus. Current regulations cause a significant reduction in reimbursement for off campus services.

HR 1406/S. 3021: Sustainable Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Services in the Home Act will allow Cardiopulmonary Rehab services to be delivered via real time audio/visual communication from a patient’s home. This hybrid model for delivery would provide additional access to patients who may not be able to come to a center frequently for services. 

Information on these bills can be found on the ISCHR website (www.ischr.org) on the News and Events/Advocacy page and the AACVPR website (www.aacvpr.org) Advocate/Take Action page with links to the letters of support. Simply share these with everyone you know and ask that they take a moment to click send! 

The letters provided on the above webpages are virtual letters that will send automatically to your legislators. A form letter will be provided soon that could be emailed from your individual email if you choose to do so. 

Look for social media blasts leading up to and during the week of this event. And reach out to ISCHR Board of Directors if you have any questions!

39th AACVPR Annual Meeting

Have your short-sleeved shirts and sunglasses on standby because the 39th AACVPR Annual Meeting is taking place at the Anaheim Marriott Suites in California September 25-27, 2024. Throughout this three-day event, attendees will have an opportunity to pick up new patient-care practices, learn about the latest trends in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, earn education credits and connect with thought leaders from across the globe. You can contribute to the high-quality program attendees have come to expect by submitting a scientific abstract.

Questions? Contact AACVPR at aacvpr@aacvpr.org or 312/321-5146.

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