Cardiac Rehab

Heart Failure Approved for Cardiac Rehab

As of July 2014, CMS (The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) announced that participating in a cardiac rehab program will now be a covered service for congestive heart failure patients that meet certain criteria. Until this announcement, cardiac rehab programs were only covered by Medicare for cardiac events such as a heart attack, coronary artery bypass surgery, heart valve replacement, heart transplant or cardiac stent placement.

In 2010, 16% of the Medicare population had heart failure; in addition, heart failure is the most common reason for hospitalizations in the Medicare population, according to the Decision Memo for Cardiac Rehabilitation Programs – Chronic Heart Failure. In addition, chronic heart failure often results from coronary artery disease and high blood pressure which have long been addressed with participation in cardiac rehab programs. Research shows that cardiac rehab is beneficial and can be safely performed by selected patients with chronic HF.

To find out whether you might benefit from participation in a cardiac rehab program, contact your primary care provider or Rachel Werner, Director of Cardiac Rehab at Community Memorial Hospital 402-269-7615 or rwerner@syracusecmh.org.


Cardiac Rehabilitation is a supervised program designed to improve heart patients’ physical, emotional, vocational and social functions.  It includes exercise and education for lifestyle modification.  Patients will be assesed by a nurse and then work with our team to establish a program designed to slow or reverse heart disease progression.

Cardiac Rehab is for patients with:

  • Congestive Heart Failure (contact Cardiac Rehab department to determine if coverage is applicable)
  • Heart Attack
  • Bypass Surgery
  • Stable Angina
  • Cardiac Stent Placement
  • Heart Valve Surgery
  • Heart Transplant

*Medicare and most insurance companies cover Cardiac Rehab for patients with these diagnoses.

Lifestyle modification components of Cardiac Rehab include:   

  • Smoking Cessation
  • Stress Management
  • Nutrition Recommendations
  • Blood Pressure & Cholesterol Control
  • Weight Control
  • Diabetes Control

Cardiac Rehab Includes:

  1. Education
  2. Exercise Equipment Introduction
  3. Exercise Training
  4. Heart Rhythm Monitoring

Get Started with Cardiac Rehab – Contact your Cardiologist, Primary Care Provider or Rachel Werner in the CMH Cardiac Rehab office at (402) 269-7615.

Know your risk for Heart Disease, the #1 killer of both Men and Women.