Improvements Seen in Obesity Reimbursement

May 13th, 2012 by MorganDowney Leave a reply »

A Washington Post article by Judith Graham points out the progress made in getting insurers and physicians to screen patients for obesity and reimburse for counseling and treatment. I can add that at one of the recent FDA Advisory Committee meetings, an FDA health officer presented data indicating that about half of prescription drugs for obesity were paid for by insurance plans now. WaPo: BMI as vital sign

In addition, conversations with health plan representatives indicate that they are getting more requests from employers for riders covering obesity interventions, including bariatric surgery. These are considerable improvements from a few years ago.


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