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Will Obesity Treatment Reimbursement Benefit Those at Highest Risk
University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications
  • Gary G. Bennett, Duke University
  • Dori M. Steinberg, Duke University
  • Sherry L. Pagoto, University of Massachusetts Medical School
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Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine
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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

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

DOI of Published Version
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
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Gary G. Bennett, Dori M. Steinberg and Sherry L. Pagoto. "Will Obesity Treatment Reimbursement Benefit Those at Highest Risk" Vol. 128 Iss. 7 (2015) ISSN: 0002-9343 (Linking)
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