Will Obesity Treatment Reimbursement Benefit Those at Highest Risk
Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine
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Medical Subject Headings
Body Mass Index; Cost-Benefit Analysis; Female; *Health Care Costs; Humans; Insurance, Health, Reimbursement; Male; Medicaid; Medicare; Needs Assessment; Obesity; Obesity, Morbid; Risk Assessment; Treatment Outcome; United States; Weight Loss
Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Health Services Administration | Health Services Research
Historically, providers have lacked reimbursement for obesity management in the primary care setting. In 2011, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released the decision to reimburse qualified primary care providers for obesity counseling. We are concerned particularly about how the policy might adversely impact high-risk groups, namely racial/ethnic minority and socioeconomically disadvantaged populations.
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Citation: Am J Med. 2015 Jul;128(7):670-1. doi: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2015.01.026. Epub 2015 Feb 16. Link to article on publisher's site
Bennett, Gary G.; Steinberg, Dori M.; and Pagoto, Sherry L., "Will Obesity Treatment Reimbursement Benefit Those at Highest Risk" (2015). University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications. 962.