Posts Tagged ‘intensive behavioral Counseling. US Preventive Service Task Force’

NPR Coverage of Medicare Decision

November 30th, 2011

Read NPR’s take on the Medicare decision to cover intensive counseling of obesity in adults (includes my interview).  http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2011/11/30/142972241/medicare-offers-expanded-coverage-to-battle-expanding-waistlines

Medicare Covers Intensive Counseling For Obesity

November 30th, 2011

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)