Since I’ve mentioned this to more than a few people recently, I’m writing a post about it.
This is significant for two reasons:
- For changing the way health care is paid for, from procedures to counseling, which talking AND listening.
- For changing the way we think about obesity treatment, from thinking about it as untreatable (which is a myth), to thinking about it as treatable (which the science supports)
You can read the Medicare decision memo here, which is based on the synthesis of the evidence by the US Preventive Services Task Force.
#1 has potential implications above for other things in health care that have been underemphasized (by they way they are reimbursed) such as advanced care planning (think “Engage with Grace“). It’s worth checking out to see what the parallels are.