Implementation of Supervised Exercise Therapy for Patients With Symptomatic Peripheral Artery Disease

Published: August 26, 2019

active senior woman exercising on treadmill
  • In patients with symptomatic lower extremity peripheral artery disease (PAD), supervised exercise therapy (SET) improves walking ability, overall functional status, and health-related quality of life.
  • In 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a National Coverage Determination for SET programs, which should increase availability of exercise to millions of people in the U.S. disabled by PAD.
  • This advisory summarizes the CMS process and requirements for SET referral and coverage and provides guidance on how to implement SET, measure outcomes and transition to home-based exercise.