Supervised exercise therapy for peripheral artery disease

An effective new program

  • Medicare has approved reimbursement for supervised exercise therapy (SET) for patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD).
  • The program is available through cardiac rehab at all Legacy medical centers.
  • SET consists of up to 36 sessions of exercise for 12 weeks, as well as education on reducing risks.
  • Research has shown SET to be an effective, minimally invasive method to alleviate the most common symptoms associated with PAD.

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How to make a referral

For referral
  • Patients must have symptomatic intermittent claudication.
  • Within three months of the referral patients should have a face-to-face office visit with their primary care provider to discuss PAD and the risk factors
Referral process
  • The accepted ICD-10 code –– I73.9: peripheral vascular disease with claudication
  • Fax referral form or...
  • For electronic referral in Epic
    • Go to Rehabilitation Program for Outpatients
    • Select Cardiac Rehabilitation Phase II PAD


Our therapy program for PAD is available at each Legacy Health hospital:


About peripheral artery disease

How to talk to your patients about PAD
  • Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a circulation disorder of the blood vessels to the extremities, brain, stomach or kidneys.
  • PAD is caused by a buildup of plaque in the inner walls of the peripheral arteries (those away from the heart).
  • In PAD, plaque narrows or blocks the arteries, reducing blood flow.
  • PAD is serious but often can be treated successfully with lifestyle changes.
  • Also called peripheral vascular disease, PAD can lead to serious health issues, such as:
    • Leg or foot wounds that are slow to heal, in some cases leading to gangrene or limb amputation
    • High blood pressure
    • Stroke or heart attack
    • Kidney problems

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