Posts Tagged ‘health insurance’

Health Plan Enrollment: Time to Ask About Obesity Care

October 15, 2017 — Health plan enrollment season has rolled around again. Maybe the brochures from your HR department are coming your way. Or perhaps you’ve noticed that our president is fiddling with the framework for health plans. Whatever grabbed your attention, it’s a good time to take a look at your options. What will you be getting for your […]

Wavering on Insurance Protections for Medical Conditions

September 25, 2017 — On Sunday, President Trump boiled down the debate on repealing health insurance protections in the Affordable Care Act: I don’t know what they’re doing, but you know what? Eventually we’ll win, whether it’s now or later. Most people probably share his uncertainty. It’s pretty hard to know what they’re up to. But right now it’s […]

The Vague Paternalism of Medicare Obesity Coverage

August 31, 2017 — “At the end of the day, what we’d like to see is fewer obese people in the Medicare population about which we have to have these conversations.” Those striking words came Aloysius Cuyjet, MD, MPH. They came after he chaired more than five hours of evidence review at Medicare’s advisory committee on evidence and coverage […]

Counting Pennies for Family-Based Childhood Obesity Care

August 30, 2017 — A new economic analysis published in Pediatrics leaves us with simple questions. Are we willing to pay for childhood obesity care? If we believe in family values, how do we value families? Cost-Effectiveness of Family-Based Childhood Obesity Care Teresa Quattrin and colleagues have previously demonstrated the effectiveness of family-based care for childhood obesity. And they […]

When to Have Bariatric Surgery: Early or Late?

August 1, 2017 — You can find plenty of bad advice about obesity in general and bariatric surgery in specific. One bit that’s especially harmful is the false notion that bariatric surgery should be “a last resort.” But a new study in JAMA Surgery provides further clarity. Putting off surgery while obesity gets progressively worse will stack the odds […]

Surgery, Suffering, and Money in Obesity and Diabetes

July 20, 2017 — Does gastric bypass surgery save money for patients with obesity and diabetes? That’s the question a new study answers in Obesity this week. Suffering with a chronic disease – at least in the short term – is usually free. So finding savings would indeed be surprising in a two-year study such as this one. This study holds […]

The Looming Healthcare Drama for People with Obesity

June 17, 2017 — Here it comes. Behind closed doors, a repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is taking shape and all we have is speculation about what will be in it. Is this healthcare drama worth watching for people living with obesity? Will the result help or hurt us? What Matters: Pre-Existing Conditions Let’s be frank. The […]

Self-Pay for Obesity Care Yields More Dropouts

May 25, 2017 — Add this to the list of tobacco control ideas that just don’t work in obesity. When quitting smoking, people seem to succeed more if they have more “skin in the game.” But a new study published today in Obesity finds just the opposite in obesity care. People who self-pay are more likely to drop out […]

Will Trumpcare Cover People with Obesity and Diabetes?

May 16, 2017 — It’s the key sticking point for repealing the Affordable Care Act. Will people with pre-existing conditions still get affordable health coverage? In a forum Friday at Stanford University, Trump’s budget director, Mick Mulvaney, provided an answer. He described pre-existing conditions that Trumpcare should cover and shouldn’t cover. The Jimmy Kimmel Test Mulvaney attempted to answer a simple question. “Do you […]

Mental Health: One Less Excuse for Denying Access to Care

May 8, 2017 — We get it. Bariatric surgery – not unlike any surgery – costs real money. But unlike many other surgeries, health plans have a bagful of excuses for dodging the bill. One of those excuses for discrimination – mental health – may be evaporating. Good Outcomes, Even in Patients with Severe Mental Illness A new study in the May issue […]