In order for a program to be a Medicare-approved provider of Intensive Cardiac Rehab, statutory and regulatory requirements must be met. A program must show, in peer-reviewed published research, that it improves patients’ cardiovascular disease through specific outcomes. The Pritikin Program was approved for ICR through the national coverage determination (NCD) process by accomplishing the following for its patients:
- positively affected the progression of coronary heart disease;
- reduced the need for coronary bypass surgery; and
- reduced the need for percutaneous coronary interventions.
Medicare’s analysis also determined the Pritikin Program’s outcomes research demonstrates that it accomplished a statistically significant reduction in:
- low density lipoprotein;
- body mass index;
- systolic blood pressure;
- diastolic blood pressure; and
- the need for cholesterol, blood pressure, and diabetes medications.