Beebe Healthcare was awarded Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation re-certification for 2019 through the Medicare-approved program, Dr. Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease, or Ornish Lifestyle Medicine.

In 2015, Beebe Healthcare and Sharecare Inc. partnered to bring the program to patients in the Sussex County area. Ornish Lifestyle Medicine is a program scientifically proven to not only treat but reverse the progression of heart disease through comprehensive lifestyle changes. The re-certification assesses the integrity of a sites’ program delivery including clinical outcomes, clinical delivery team competency, engagement effectiveness and patient and provider satisfaction.

The Beebe team is comprised of multidisciplinary health care providers including a medical director, registered dietician, chef, stress management specialist, nurse case manager, exercise physiologist and group support facilitator. The team works together to guide participants through four areas: nutrition, stress management, fitness and social support. Participants learn to take control of their treatment by acquiring the knowledge, training and community resources needed to sustain a healthier lifestyle. Participants typically include those who have been diagnosed with cardiovascular illnesses or other chronic conditions.

By providing this Medicare-approved program, Beebe Healthcare is able to increase non-invasive treatment options for patients and physicians while motivating participants to make positive lifestyle changes. Through the third year of offering the program, more than 135 area residents have been able to take control of their health, resulting in 5 percent decrease in weight and BMI, 10 percent decrease in total cholesterol and 6 percent decrease in A1c.

The Ornish Lifestyle Medicine program aligns with industrywide efforts to create value-based reimbursement models that reward health systems and physicians for sustained patient improvement. The program is currently reimbursed nationwide by Medicare and most Health insurances.

For more, call 645-3514 or visit beebehealthcare.org.