Healthways Brings Award-Winning Program to MedAxiom Community

Partner News | Published: Monday, January 23, 2017 6:00 am

by MedAxiom




Partnership Introduces the Ornish Lifestyle Medicine™ program to Nation’s CV Care Providers


Neptune Beach, FL—MedAxiom, the nation’s leading cardiovascular health care membership and performance community, is pleased to announce Healthways, a Sharecare company, as a new corporate partner. Healthways provides clinically-proven solutions that transform the delivery of health care and reduce health care costs; they offer the nation’s leading Intensive Cardiac rehab program—Ornish Lifestyle Medicine™--which is the first and only program scientifically proven to reverse the progression of heart disease, and is reimbursed by Medicare and many commercial payers. U.S. News & World Report recently awarded the Ornish Lifestyle Medicine Diet the No. 1 ranking for the Best Heart-Healthy Diet for the seventh year in a row. 

“MedAxiom is proud to connect Healthways with our community of top cardiovascular care organizations around the country,” said Ryan Graver, President of MedAxiom Ventures, a division of MedAxiom. “Healthways is absolutely committed to transforming lives and health care as we move quickly to value-based medicine. And in light of new reimbursement models, it offers the type of program, outcomes and ROI that our members need.”

The success behind the Ornish Lifestyle Medicine program is attributed to its high-touch, hands-on approach to delivering the nutrition plan and lifestyle components in small, support groups. The proven combination of food, exercise, stress management, small group dynamic and family involvement have helped the program succeed across the country with people from all walks of life.

“The Ornish program works quickly—the cost savings for the patient and insurer are dramatic,” said Dr. Richard Guynes, MD, Cardiologist, Chief of Staff, St. Dominic Hospital Medical Director. “You’d have to be crazy not to figure out how to incorporate it into everyone’s program.” 

It is a comprehensive lifestyle program, developed by cardiologist Dr. Dean Ornish, which brings about its transformational impact by helping participants optimize four key areas of their lives:

  • What they eat
  • How they respond to stress
  • How much love and support they have in their lives
  • How active they are

 “By helping participants make sustainable lifestyle changes, the Ornish Lifestyle Medicine program delivers superior clinical outcomes, reduced readmissions, increased revenue, and lower long-term costs,” said Karissa Price, PhD, President Emerging Markets division at Healthways. “MedAxiom’s membership base is made up of leading and transformational providers who appreciate the value Ornish Lifestyle Medicine offers their clients and the health of their organizations.”

Healthways is securing agreements with leading CV health care providers throughout the U.S. and will be meeting with others soon through MedAxiom-sponsored events including the ACC CV Summit, January 26-28 in Orlando and the CV Transforum Spring’17 conference, April 18-20, Amelia Island, FL.



About MedAxiom

MedAxiom is the nation’s leading cardiovascular performance community, providing expert consulting, networking and membership services including data analytics, program excellence tools and educational events. The privately-held company was founded in 2001 by Jennifer Linville and is based in Neptune Beach, FL. For additional information, visit:


About Sharecare

Sharecare is the digital health company that helps people manage all their health in one place. The Sharecare platform provides each person – no matter where they are in their health journey – with a comprehensive and personalized health profile, where they can dynamically and easily connect to the information, evidence-based programs and health professionals they need to live their healthiest, happiest and most productive life. With award-winning and innovative frictionless technologies, scientifically validated clinical protocols and best-in-class coaching tools, Sharecare helps providers, employers and health plans effectively scale outcomes-based health and wellness solutions across their entire populations. To learn more, visit



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