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Home-based Cardiac Rehabilitation

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The home-based cardiac rehabilitation program is a 12 week program where Veterans receive weekly video or telephone appointments from a cardiac rehabilitation professional. Individualized counseling on exercise, heart healthy nutrition, importance of medication adherence, tobacco cessation, and stress management is included in this multicomponent model. The program provides access to care for Veterans, particularly those in rural regions, who are unable to attend traditional cardiac rehab models due to personal or organizational barriers. The goal of this program is to provide support and education on self-management skills and their disease, so that Veterans feel confident in taking the necessary steps towards a heart healthy lifestyle.

This innovation is scaling widely with the support of national stakeholders. See more scaling innovations.


36 successful, 3 in-progress

Awards and Recognition:

2018 AACVPR Linda K. Hall Innovation Award, Rural Promising Practice


Office of Rural Health



  • Number of Veterans Enrolled each fiscal year
  • Cardiac rehab patient outcomes (functional, psychosocial, nutritional, medication adherence, and risk factor management)
  • Completion rates of the home-based cardiac rehab program
  • Number of Rural Veterans served each fiscal year

Diffusion tracker

Does not include Clinical Resource Hubs (CRH)


AL: Birmingham VA Medical Center (Birmingham, Alabama) AR: John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans' Hospital (Little Rock, Arkansas) AZ: Carl T. Hayden Veterans' Administration Medical Center (Phoenix, Arizona) CA: Jerry L. Pettis Memorial Veterans' Hospital (Loma Linda, California) CA: Palo Alto VA Medical Center (Palo Alto, California) CA: San Francisco VA Medical Center (San Francisco) CT: West Haven VA Medical Center (West Haven) DC: Washington VA Medical Center (Washington, District of Columbia) FL: Malcom Randall Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Gainesville) FL: West Palm Beach VA Medical Center (West Palm Beach) GA: Atlanta VA Medical Center (Atlanta, Georgia) IA: Iowa City VA Medical Center (Iowa City, Iowa) IL: Marion VA Medical Center (Marion, Illinois) KS: Colmery-O'Neil Veterans' Administration Medical Center (Topeka) MA: Jamaica Plain VA Medical Center (Jamaica Plain) ME: Togus VA Medical Center (Togus) MI: Lieutenant Colonel Charles S. Kettles VA Medical Center (Ann Arbor) MN: St. Cloud VA Medical Center (St. Cloud) MT: Fort Harrison VA Medical Center (Fort Harrison) NC: Charles George Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Asheville) NC: Durham VA Medical Center (Durham) NC: W.G. (Bill) Hefner Salisbury Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Salisbury) NH: Manchester VA Medical Center (Manchester) NM: Raymond G. Murphy Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Albuquerque) NY: Buffalo VA Medical Center (Buffalo, New York) NY: Castle Point VA Medical Center (Castle Point) OH: Cincinnati VA Medical Center (Cincinnati, Ohio) OH: Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Cleveland, Ohio) OK: Jack C. Montgomery Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Muskogee, Oklahoma) PA: Pittsburgh VA Medical Center-University Drive (Pittsburgh) RI: Providence VA Medical Center (Providence) TX: Dallas VA Medical Center (Dallas) TX: Michael E. DeBakey Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Houston) VA: Hampton VA Medical Center (Hampton) VA: Salem VA Medical Center (Salem, Virginia) WI: William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans' Hospital (Madison)

There are no unsuccessful adoptions for this innovation.




Home-based Cardiac Rehabilitation Enrollment Appointment



Office of Rural Health Home-based Cardiac Rehab Video


ORH Home-based CR & PR Program