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Medicare Offers Free Weight-Loss Counseling

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Medicare offers free weight-loss counseling, but fewer than 1% of Medicare’s 50 million beneficiaries use it—even though 30% of seniors are obese and eligible for counseling. Problem: Many of the most knowledgeable providers, such as weight-loss specialists, are not allowed to participate, because Medicare reimburses only primary-care providers, nurse ­practitioners and physician assistants working in doctors’ offices. Also: Medicare requires that counseling be given during a separate appointment, not when patients come in for other services. For information, go to Medicare.gov.

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Source: Roundup of experts on senior obesity and Medicare requirements, reported at MedPageToday.com. Date: April 1, 2016 Publication: Bottom Line Personal
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