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National Coverage Determination (NCD) for Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease (20.31.2)

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Benefit Category
Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation Program

Note: This may not be an exhaustive list of all applicable Medicare benefit categories for this item or service.

Item/Service Description

A. General

The Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease (also known as the Multisite Cardiac Lifestyle Intervention Program, the Multicenter Cardiac Lifestyle Intervention Program, and the Lifestyle Heart Trial Program) was initially described in the 1970s and incorporates comprehensive lifestyle modifications including exercise, a low-fat diet, smoking cessation, stress management training, and group support sessions. Over the years, the Ornish Program has been refined but continues to focus on these specific risk factors.


Indications and Limitations of Coverage

B. Nationally Covered Indications

Effective for claims with dates of service on and after August 12, 2010, the Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease meets the Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation (ICR) program requirements set forth by Congress in §1861(eee)(4)(A) of the Social Security Act, and in regulations at 42 C.F.R. §410.49(c) and, as such, has been included on the list of approved ICR programs available at http://www.cms.gov/MedicareApprovedFacilitie/.

C. Nationally Non-Covered Indications

Effective August 12, 2010, if a specific ICR program is not included on the list as a Medicare- approved ICR program, it is non-covered.

D. Other

N/A

(This NCD last reviewed August 2010.)


Transmittal Number

125

Revision History

09/2010 - Effective for claims with dates of service August 12, 2010, and after, CMS has determined that the Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease and the Pritikin Program each meet the ICR program requirements set forth by Congress in section 1861(eee)(4)(A) of the Social Security Act and in regulations at 42 CFR 410.49(c) and, as such, both programs have been included on the list of approved ICR programs available at http://www.cms.gov/MedicareApprovedFacilitie/. Effective date 08/12/2010 Implementation date 10/25/2010 (TN 125) (CR 7113)

03/2013 - CMS translated the information for this policy from ICD-9-CM/PCS to ICD-10-CM/PCS according to HIPAA standard medical data code set requirements and updated any necessary and related coding infrastructure. These updates do not expand, restrict, or alter existing coverage policy. Implementation date: 10/07/2013 Effective date: 10/1/2014. (TN 1199) (TN 1199) (CR 8197)


National Coverage Analyses (NCAs)

This NCD has been or is currently being reviewed under the National Coverage Determination process. The following are existing associations with NCAs, from the National Coverage Analyses database.

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