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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to some FAQs about the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at Montefiore Nyack Hospital.

How can I enroll?

A referral from your pulmonologist or primary care doctor is required to enroll in outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation. Once received, the referral and pertinent medical documentation are reviewed by our team to ensure each patient has a qualifying diagnosis that will be covered by insurance. 

Many insurance plans, such as Medicare, cover pulmonary rehabilitation services for their beneficiaries. However, benefits vary from plan to plan. Be sure to confirm your coverage benefits and financial responsibility with your Insurance carrier(s) before enrolling in the Outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program.

How long is the program?

Most insurance plans will cover 36 sessions, and you’ll attend two times per week, so the program lasts three to four months. Consistent attendance is key to making significant progress and achieving your goals.

What should I expect?

  • If you’re eligible and have coverage, you’ll be scheduled for a consult appointment with our medical director, a board-certified pulmonologist, for clearance before starting the program.
  • After being cleared, you’ll have an initial assessment with one of our exercise physiologists. This assessment includes measurement of vital signs, reconciliation of medications, review of past medical history, review of current problems and prescription of a structured exercise program. You’ll also receive an orientation to the facility.
  • Following your initial assessment, you’ll be scheduled for recurring exercise sessions two times a week for a total of 36 sessions. These sessions are supervised by our staff of exercise physiologists, and you’ll be on continuous SPO2 monitoring.
  • Your progress will be reassessed every 30 days, and a progress report will be sent to your referring physician.



For additional information or to schedule an appointment, call 845-348-7500.

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