Lifestyle Medicine: Successful Reimbursement Methods and Practice Models.
Preventable and reversible chronic diseases affect millions of Americans, costing the United States billions of dollars annually for treatments that slow the trajectory but fail to address the root cause of illness. Lifestyle medicine is efficacious, and research has shown that this medical approach garners a significant return on investment in the treatment of many chronic diseases. To obtain an overview of successful reimbursement and practice models used by practitioners, American College of Lifestyle Medicine members were invited to participate in an online survey regarding their experience with lifestyle medicine services and reimbursement models. Three hundred and fifty-one respondents with diverse practice structures, geographical locations, and educational backgrounds completed the survey. The results demonstrate that practitioners are utilizing a variety of lifestyle medicine programs and reimbursement and practice models. Seventy-four percent of respondents are currently providing lifestyle medicine, though the majority do not receive reimbursement for their services. This study provides examples of successful lifestyle medicine reimbursement and practice models, as well as demonstrates the need for continued advocacy for sustainable reimbursement of lifestyle medicine services.
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Medicine and Health Sciences
Department of Medicine