Medicare will now cover obesity screening and counseling

Posted 02/09/2012 | By HealthCorps

Maybe you have a parent, grandparent or loved one who is older and struggling with weight issues. Lacking the financial resources to get help can be a huge impediment for seniors to lose weight and improve their health profile. Chronic obesity and recent significant weight gain can be an incredibly challenging health issue for the aging population.

Medicare has decided to approve “counseling for obesity” which also includes screening, for eligible beneficiaries, by their primary care physicians. Patients who lose a minimum of 6.6 pounds during the first 6 months will be eligible for further coverage of face-to-face counseling for an additional 6 months, once a week.

Since successful weight loss often involves ongoing support and education, this new approval may help weight-challenged seniors to finally “lose the lbs.”

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