Pritikin ICR: Pritikin Intensive Cardiac Rehab

Medicare now reimburses for Pritikin’s heart-healthy lifestyle education program for qualifying individuals.

Learn to eat well, exercise, feel better, and live better. It's all part of Pritikin's new Medicare-covered, Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation Program.

In this 4-minute video, you’ll learn what the Pritikin Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation (ICR) Program is all about. You’ll also hear from people directly involved in the program – physicians as well as patients.

Qualifying individuals now have two options for participating in the Pritikin ICR Program:

Pritikin Longevity Center | Miami, Florida

You can now take advantage of Pritikin ICR at the renowned Pritikin Longevity Center in Miami, Florida, launched in 1975 and recognized worldwide as the longest-running, most scientifically-documented lifestyle program for preventing and controlling many of modern society’s diseases, including heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and obesity.

The Pritikin Longevity Center is now accepting Medicare patients into its ICR Program.

For registration and other details, call 1-800-327-4914 or 305-935-7131 or click here if you are ready to book your stay.

Pritikin ICR | Hospitals in the United States

To date, 35 hospitals nationwide have been licensed to teach the new Medicare-covered outpatient Pritikin Program, called Pritikin Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation, or Pritikin ICR.

Hospital systems that have implemented Pritikin ICR include St. Luke’s Hospital, an affiliate of Cleveland Clinic; Arkansas Heart Hospital; Michigan Heart; Wellmont CVA Heart Institute; Oklahoma Heart Hospital; and Baptist Memorial Health Care.

“As a cardiologist, my biggest priority is the well-being of my patients,” said Dr. Dinesh Singal of the Cardio Metabolic Institute in Somerset, New Jersey, which recently signed to offer Pritikin ICR to its cardiac rehab patients. “With ICR, I’m providing my patients with the skills needed to successfully take control of their health and increase their chances to live longer, healthier lives.”

If you are a hospital administrator, physician, or other health care provider looking to bring Pritikin Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation (ICR) to your hospital or outpatient facility, please call 1-800-677-0257 or click here.

If you are a patient wanting to enroll in a Pritikin ICR outpatient program, please ask your cardiologist about prescribing Pritikin ICR for you.


Pritikin ICR versus CR

Traditional cardiac rehab (CR) programs tend to focus on exercise. Pritikin’s approach is three-pronged: healthy eating and a healthy mindset as well as exercise. Pritikin’s focus is also practical, real-world skills like cooking classes, supermarket shopping, food label reading, dining out, and resources for reducing the stress in your life. Bottom Line: You’ll be feeling and living better.

“Pritikin ICR patients complete an average of 53 ICR sessions. That’s more than double the average completion rate of patients in traditional CR,” said Bob Franceschelli, President of Pritikin ICR. “Most importantly, Pritikin ICR is getting great reviews. Having a cardio event like a heart attack is a scary thing. We see that fear dissipate pretty quickly in Pritikin ICR.  Within the first couple of weeks, patients are telling us they’re feeling stronger, happier, hopeful. They really feel they have a new lease on life.”

Participants in Pritikin ICR will learn how to:

  • Cook heart-healthy meals that are delicious
    and affordable
  • Become smart grocery shoppers
  • Order intelligently in restaurants
  • Lose weight utilizing science-based skills
  • Quit smoking
  • Manage stress
  • Improve personal and professional relationships
  • Transform negative attitudes into positive ones

In the end, you will have gained an in-depth education about the relationship between lifestyle and cardiovascular health. And you’ll be better motivated to live well.

Which participants qualify for Medicare reimbursement of ICR?

The medical conditions that qualify for Medicare reimbursement of ICR are the same as CR. If you have experienced one or more of the following events, and if you have not received Medicare-reimbursed cardiac rehab after your most recent event, you qualify.

  • Acute myocardial infarction (within the preceding 12 months only)
  • Coronary artery bypass surgery (no time limit)
  • Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty or stenting procedure (no time limit)
  • Current stable angina pectoris (no time limit)
  • Heart or heart-lung transplant (no time limit)
  • Heart valve repair or replacement (no time limit)

How do participants enroll in Pritikin ICR?

If you are interested in enrolling in Pritikin ICR at the Pritikin Longevity Center, please call 1-800.327.4914 or 305.935.7131.

If you are interested in enrolling in a Pritikin ICR outpatient program, please ask your physician about prescribing Pritikin ICR for you.

If you wish to learn more about upcoming outpatient ICR Programs and their locations, please call 1-800-677-0257.

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