December 1, 2011
Federal health officials have added obesity prevention to basic health coverage available at no extra cost under Medicare, the government health care program for seniors.
Obesity screening and counseling for eligible beneficiaries by primary care providers in settings like doctor’s offices are covered under the new benefit.
The move may prompt private-sector health plans to follow suit, as Medicare sets a national standard for coverage.
More than 30 percent of both men and women ages 65 and older are estimated to be obese. The condition is directly or indirectly associated with heart disease, diabetes and other chronic conditions.
“Obesity is a challenge faced by Americans of all ages, and prevention is crucial for the management and elimination of obesity in our country,” Dr. Donald Berwick, administrator of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid ServicesLatest from The Business JournalsCGI to build health insurance exchange for CMSCGI will build online health info system for CMSLocal hospital CEOs want private fund for more residencies Follow this company .