BMC2 Data on the Impact of a Liaison-Mediated Referral Strategy on Cardiac Rehab Participation After PCI Presented at AHA 2023

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Elizabeth Horn

Alexandra I. Mansour presented the poster, Dramatic Impact of a Liaison-Mediated Referral Strategy on Cardiac Rehabilitation Participation After Percutaneous Coronary Intervention: Insights from the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Cardiovascular Consortium during the AHA Annual Scientific Sessions 2023 held November 11 – 13 in Philadelphia.

This study compared cardiac rehab (CR) attendance between two cohorts of patients who underwent a PCI procedure. The first cohort worked with a health care liaison who explained CR benefits and placed a referral for patients before discharge while the second cohort of patients did not receive assistance from a health care provider. The liaison cohort had significantly higher odds of attending  1 cardiac rehab session and a shorter delay in attending their first session compared with the non-liaison cohort.  The use of CR liaisons could be an effective referral strategy to improve CR participation rates and patient outcomes after PCI.

Co-authors include Milan Seth, MS; Michael Thompson, MD; Mary Casey, MPA; Steven Keteyian, PhD; Frank Smith, MD; Hitinder S. Gurm, MD; and Devraj Sukul, MD MSc. You will find a link to the presentation on