Medicare Covers Intensive Counseling For Obesity

November 30th, 2011 by MorganDowney Leave a reply »

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced that it will begin paying for intensive behavioral counseling of adults with obesity. “This is a major step forward,” said Morgan Downey, “in addressing obesity in a particularly important demographic group. Hopefully, it will lead Medicaid programs and private payors to follow. This is the culimination of an effort that began in 2004 when Medicare removed a restriction declaring that obesity was not a disease. Medicare Changes Policy on Obesity (washingtonpost.com)  More immediately, it grew out of recommendations from the US Preventive Services Task Force.”

CMS Press Release: MEDICARE COVERS SCREENING AND COUNSELING FOR OBESITY

CMS Decision Memo: Decision Memo for Intensive Behavioral Therapy for Obesity (CAG-00423N)