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In response to added burdens on hospitals as the result of COVID-19, the TAKEheart Team is temporarily postponing regularly scheduled activities. Learn more about the alternate ways that TAKEheart is working to support hospitals during this time.

TAKEheart Training Module 3 is postponed. An email will be sent to Partner Hospitals, Learning Community Hospitals, and registered participants when Module 3 has been rescheduled. If you’d like to receive notification when training resumes, please email TAKEheart@abtassoc.com. This page will be updated with the date and time of the training once it has been rescheduled.

The ten educational modules are designed around the hospital-driven quality improvement approach for implementing these strategies presented in the Million Hearts®/AACVPR Cardiac Rehabilitation Change Package. Each module includes an expert-led webinar, and an accompanying Implementation Guide to provide participants with an engaging and interactive learning experience.

TAKEheart Training Modules

Building and Implementing a Successful Automated CR Referral System

Module 4

Learn the components of automating the referral process, from information technology requirements to staffing and workflow.

Defining the Liaison Role, Hiring Criteria, and Training and Integrating a Liaison

Module 5

Identify appropriate candidates for the care coordinator role and integrate them within the CR team.

Collecting and Using Data to Improve CR Uptake and Effectiveness

Module 6

Identify appropriate quality improvement measures and collect data to assess and measure the status and progress of CR improvement efforts.

Accommodating Patient Needs, Improving CR Accessibility, Affordability, and Acceptability

Module 7

Recognize barriers patients face in CR enrollment and participation and address them at the organizational and staff level.

This is Harder than I Thought: Troubleshooting a CR Referral System

Module 8

Review sticking points hospitals often encounter when implementing automatic referral and identify strategies to overcome those obstacles.

Empowering Patients: Motivational Interviewing, Self-Management Support, and Patient Follow-Up

Module 9

Provide care coordinators with the skills and training needed to empower patients to enroll in CR program(s).

Home-based CR Programs: What Works and Why?

Module 10

Review lessons learned from the field about home-based CR for patients who cannot, or would prefer not to, join a traditional center-based program.

Training FAQs

The TAKEheart initiative training curriculum seeks to help hospitals implement quality-improvement efforts to increase patient participation in CR. Below are some frequently asked questions about training content, registration and participation, timing, and troubleshooting. If you have a question that is not answered here, please contact us at TAKEheart@abtassoc.com.

Each module includes an hour-long, expert-led webinar presentation with a discussion. PPT slides and a companion Implementation Guide are provided to reinforce the content. Additional relevant materials from the Million Hearts®/AACVPR Cardiac Rehabilitation Change Package and other sources are available on the specific module page.

Each module specifies an intended audience, which is identified on the individual module page. However, this is made as a suggestion rather than a limitation. All are welcome to watch and review each module.

TAKEheart Partner Hospitals will receive email with a link to register. Others may register on the individual module pages on the TAKEheart website.

Yes, the training curriculum is accredited through the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians (ABQAURP)*. Each module is 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 credit. CEUs will only be granted for individuals who attend the live training.

Yes, education credits are limited to physicians and nurses on the Partner Hospital multidisciplinary teams. CEUs will only be granted for individuals who attend the live training.

No. The TAKEheart training curriculum is available for any hospital that wishes to increase patient participation in cardiac rehabilitation.

Each module is independent and can be accessed separately at any time after it has been posted on the TAKEheart website. However, the modules are designed to work together to provide a full quality improvement curriculum. TAKEheart Partner Hospitals are expected to ensure that at least one person from their CR quality improvement team attends each training webinar.

Though each module is independent, hospitals are strongly encouraged to review them in the order in which they are offered. The TAKEheart curriculum mirrors the steps needed to implement automatic referral with care coordination. Individual registration is completed on a rolling basis, but it is recommended that the modules be completed in the order presented on the site.

A new training module is offered each month. However, past modules are available to watch and review at any time.

All webinars are recorded and are made available, along with any accompanying materials, to watch and review at any time. An expectation of Partner Hospitals is that at least one person from the team will attend each training webinar.

Individuals will be able to provide feedback during and after each module through survey questions. Partner Hospitals will also be given the opportunity to provide feedback during group calls. The TAKEheart staff will use the feedback to improve and modify the training content.

Yes, the TAKEheart staff encourages feedback on all aspects of the training curriculum. We may not be able to accommodate all suggestions, but we welcome input. Please email TAKEheart@abtassoc.com with recommendations.

Please email the TAKEheart team at TAKEheart@abtassoc.com with any questions or issues.

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* This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians, Inc. (ABQAURP) and the American Hospital Association (AHA).  ABQAURP is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ABQAURP is an approved provider of continuing education for nurses. This activity is designated for 1.0 contact hours through the Florida Board of Nursing, Provider # 50-94.