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Prevention Will Be Cheap. But Fun?

(Dr John La Puma) For 43 million Americans on September 23 and probably the rest of the U.S sometime in 2011, preventive services just got cheaper.

No co-pays, no deductibles, no direct charges for stuff that works…

These are mostly to diagnose disease, but the vaccines and obesity counseling are to prevent it. What about obesity?

“The USPSTF recommends that clinicians screen all adult patients for obesity and offer intensive counseling and behavioral interventions to promote sustained weight loss…

Does this mean that the intensive Ornish program, designed for heart disease treatment and on the verge of approval by Medicare would qualify, but something milder, like Diet Plan of the Month, might not?

If insurers cover weight loss counseling, there will be a lot more clinicians interested. And that will start the change in obesity treatment in health care.

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