Posts Tagged ‘health insurance’

When Is Obesity Care Worth It?

August 2, 2022 — At what cost can we decide that obesity care is worth the money? Until now, the answer has largely been to refuse considering this question. But as the cost of untreated obesity adds up, it’s becoming impossible to dodge the question anymore and an increasing number of serious analyses are underway. The Institute for Clinical […]

Are State Health Plans Serious About Obesity?

July 28, 2022 — State and federal experts on health are quite happy to talk about the serious health concern of obesity. But we can’t help wondering about the action that results from that talk. So it’s worthwhile to take a good look at what state health plans do for people affected by obesity. According to a new study […]

Systematically Preventing Obesity and Diabetes Care

June 6, 2022 — Two ideas are hard to miss at the annual Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association. One is that it’s getting harder to treat and prevent diabetes adequately without treating obesity. Second is that health systems can’t handle this reality. They are systematically preventing adequate obesity and diabetes care. Distinct but Overlapping Diseases Let’s get […]

Market Forces, Vanity, Obesity, and Diabetes

June 1, 2022 — When “health plans” tell someone seeking treatment for obesity it’s a vanity thing, we are not fooled. They simply don’t want to pay the bill. Health plan? Not really. It’s a lot like car insurance. It pays for a wreck. Not so much for preventing one. Writing in the New York Times today, Gina Kolata […]

Tirzepatide Phase Three Obesity Results: Wow!

April 28, 2022 — Make no mistake. The competition to deliver better therapies for obesity is heating up in an impressive way. This morning, Eli Lilly released topline results for their first phase three trial of tirzepatide in obesity. One word sums up the reaction from top clinical scientists in obesity: “Wow!” Jeff Emmick is the vice president of […]

Health Equity in Employer Health Plans for Obesity

April 23, 2022 — The buzzwords are flying. Diversity, equity, and inclusion is such a common theme that all you have to say is “DEI” and people will nod solemnly. The same goes for social determinants of health – SDOH. However, the Northeast Business Group on Health (NEBGH) has gone further to connect the two and identify some real […]

A Pandemic Nudge for Better Access to Care

April 5, 2022 — We are close to reaching a million deaths from COVID in the U.S. Worldwide, the number passed six million a month ago and that number is a gross underestimate. So there can be no doubt that the pandemic has had a terrible effect on health everywhere. But in the midst of this tragedy, we can […]

New Semaglutide Dose in Diabetes: Value for Obesity?

March 31, 2022 — This is the kind of change that flies under the radar and makes a big difference. This week, Novo Nordisk received FDA approval of a 2 mg dose of semaglutide (Ozempic®) for better control of type 2 diabetes. This higher dose option provides a means for maintaining better glycemic control in patients as their disease […]

Federal Health Plans Opening Up to Obesity Care

March 18, 2022 — This is good news that is both big and very welcome. In 2023, health plans for federal employees will likely open up to obesity care more than ever before. In its call for proposals to carriers that provide these health plans, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is quite clear: “Obesity has long been […]

Telehealth Works in Obesity Care, but What’s Next?

January 19, 2022 — A new study in Obesity tells us that telehealth can work just fine in obesity care. But what will the future hold? Payers and patients will likely have their their say. Already, telehealth businesses have had quite a bumpy ride. A prime example would be Teledoc, which saw its stock soar from $83 per share […]