Medicare will begin covering obesity counseling as a preventative benefit
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Last week, CMS announced that there will be coverage under Medicare's preventative benefits for obesity counseling. Here is a link to their press release with detailed information.
The therapy sessions can last for up to one year with more frequent sessions early in the year and sessions become less frequent as the year progresses (roughly 20 sessions for the year). Medicare beneficiaries must meet or exceed a body mass index of 30kg/m2.
Here is a link to a body mass calculator, but by example, if you are 5’9" tall, you would meet the criteria for counseling if you weighed 205 pounds or more. CMS estimates that roughly 30 percent of Medicare beneficiaries would be qualified as obese by the BMI measurement.