Title

The Society of Behavioral Medicine position statement on the CMS decision memo on intensive behavior therapy for obesity

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine

Date

12-1-2012

Document Type

Article

Disciplines

Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms | Community Health | Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Health Policy | Health Psychology | Public Health | Public Health Education and Promotion

Abstract

In 2011, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a decision to cover intensive behavior therapy for obesity in the primary care setting. The Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) Public Policy Leadership Group reviewed the CMS decision and has issued a position statement. SBM is in support of the CMS decision to cover intensive behavior therapy for obesity but expresses significant concern that aspects of the decision will severely limit the impact of the decision. Concerns focus on the degree to which this care can be feasibly implemented in its current form given the limitations in providers who are covered and the short length of counseling visits relative to evidence-based protocols. SBM is in strong support of modifications that would include providers who have expertise in weight control (e.g., psychologists and dietitians) and to expand the treatment time to better match protocols with confirmed efficacy.

Comments

Citation: Pagoto SL, Pbert L, Emmons K; Society of Behavioral Medicine Public Policy Leadership Group. The Society of Behavioral Medicine position statement on the CMS decision memo on intensive behavior therapy for obesity. Transl Behav Med. 2012 Dec;2(4):381-3. doi: 10.1007/s13142-012-0168-x. Link to article on publisher's site

Related Resources

Link to Article in PubMed

Keywords

Obesity, Policy, Behavioral interventions, Weight loss