Medicare to Cover Cardiac Wellness Programs

Today's Los Angeles Times reports that Medicare will reimburse patients who participate in two lifestyle intervention programs intended to prevent heart disease. They are:

  • The Program for Reversing Heart Disease run by Dean Ornish, MD, in West Virginia and Pennsylvania; and
  • Cardiac wellness programs offered by mind-body medicine pioneer Herbert Benson, MD, in Indiana, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Washington, and Virginia.

 "Both have conducted clinical research demonstrating that comprehensive lifestyle changes — including support groups; good nutrition and low-fat diets; exercise; and stress management, such as yoga, meditation or deep breathing — may begin to reverse even severe coronary heart disease without drugs or surgery," the Times reported.

Read the Times story.

Published in: on June 12, 2006 at 11:03 pm  Leave a Comment  

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