The Impact of Medicare Coverage for Anti-Obesity Interventions

Obesity is acknowledged as a critical public health concern in the US. The economic burden of the disease is not insignificant. Estimates vary, but a recent study suggested that in the US, the cost of obesity, and obesity-related treatments, was approximately $427.8 billion in 2014, an amount that has undoubtedly escalated in the years that followed owing to the increasing numbers of individuals with obesity. Using a validated and published 

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OCAN to Join Others on Capitol Hill

On September 26 and 27, leaders from the Obesity Care Advocacy Network (OCAN) will join with over 400 employees of Novo Nordisk, Inc, for a two-day advocacy blitz of Capitol Hill to urge Congress to pass S. 830/H.R. 1953- the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act (TROA). The legislation, which has the bipartisan support of over 100 House and Senate co-sponsors, aims to effectively treat and reduce obesity in older Americans by enhancing Medicare beneficiaries’ access to healthcare providers that are best suited to provide intensive behavioral therapy (IBT) and by allowing Medicare Part D to cover FDA-a

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Economics of Obesity: Implications for Productivity and Competitiveness

OCAN Blankets Capitol Hill – Meeting with over 150 Congressional Offices to support TROA and NOCW On February 27, 2017, the obesity community joined together for the first Obesity Care Advocacy Network (OCAN) Advocacy Day of 2017 -- with 120 attendees visiting more than 150 congressional offices. During their visits, OCAN members educated legislators and congressional staff about both the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act (TROA) and a congressional resolution that would designate the week of October 29 – November 4, 2017 as National Obesity Care Week (NOCW). Sandwiched in bet

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Weight Shaming Falls as Medical View of Obesity Grows

New research to be presented at ObesityWeek 2016 indicates that weight shaming may be easing a bit. At the same time, the public increasingly understands that obesity is a medical condition. Between 2013 and 2016, public perception of obesity as a “personal problem of bad choices” has dropped from 44% to 34%. On top of that, public agreement that people with obesity need medical help increased significantly over the last year.

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Health Plans Often Stand in the Way of Obesity Care

New research from two separate studies presented at ObesityWeek in New Orleans demonstrates that health plans often stand in the way of obesity care. In one study, researchers from Harvard, ConscienHealth, and the Obesity Action Coalition found that most Americans report they don’t have health insurance that will pay for obesity care recommended in evidence-based guidelines. These include dietary counseling, medical obesity treatment, and bariatric surgery. Even for people with employers that are targeting obesity in their wellness programs, more often than not, people do not believe that t

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AACE Announces the Launch of the Obesity Resource Center

The AACE Obesity Resource Center is a compendium of educational tools to educate AACE members and other health care professionals about the rapidly evolving landscape of obesity science and pharmacotherapy and complications-centric strategies that will result in improved long-term maintenance of weight loss in patients with obesity. The content is divided into three sections, each containing detailed, downloadable slide decks: What is the disease of obesity? Why do we treat obesity? How do we treat obesity? The 

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New Research Shows Keeping the Weight off is a Lot More than Willpower

Both moderate and dramatic weight loss lower metabolic rate; Less weight loss is still beneficial to health In a special mini-series in the journal, leading obesity experts weigh in on the two papers through two additional commentaries and an editorial, all of which explain the phenomenon of metabolic adaptation, or the process where weight loss is accompanied by a decline in energy (caloric) expenditure as weight is lost. These studies were conducted on different populations, but reached the same conclusion: weight regain results from complex biological force

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Obesity Score 3-2 for the Affordable Care Act

Speaking at the 13th Annual Bariatric Summit in Nashville yesterday, Ted Kyle tallied a score of three pluses and two minuses for people living with obesity under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. On the plus side of the ledger, Kyle identified three key gains:

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Doctors Prescribe Diabetes Treatment Medications 15 Times More than Obesity Drugs, study finds

Clinicians are missing critical opportunity to prevent diabetes with obesity treatments Obesity is a well-established major risk factor for developing diabetes, with almost 90% of people living with type 2 diabetes

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Turning the Ship on Rising Healthcare Costs

Despite countless efforts at reform by businesses, government, and consumer groups, health care costs continue to be very high in the U.S. as compared to other nations. The reasons are too complex to cover in one article, but three health care experts, drawn from the areas of insurance, providers, and research, recently shared some thought on where we stand with health care costs, and what employers and individuals can expect in the near future. The three perspectives offer different but overlapping views on what drives health care costs and what can be done to ease the burdens those costs

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