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Heart Diseases: Health Services

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 10 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made on the multi-site project undertaken by his Department in collaboration with the British Heart Foundation and the British Association of Cardiac Rehabilitation to consider costs and reimbursement through the payment by results system for cardiac rehabilitation; and if he will make a statement. (240723)

The Payment by Results development site project being led by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and the British Association of Cardiac Rehabilitation (BACR) is making good progress in examining the basis on which cardiac rehabilitation services should be funded.

Progress to date includes helping to define what constitutes ‘best practice’ cardiac rehabilitation services, identifying options for the coding of cardiac rehabilitation activity, and collecting cost and activity data from a number of sites over a four-month period.

Further data collection and evaluation is needed before a decision can be made on a timescale for implementing any currency or tariff for cardiac rehabilitation services. In taking that decision, the Department will be guided by the expert opinion of those involved in the development site project.