To lose weight, Penn researchers suggest counseling — but not from primary care doctor

November 5, 2014 8:23 PM

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With more than two-thirds of adults in the U.S. overweight or obese, doctors are desperate to find ways to help people lose weight. Behavioral weight loss counseling often works, but some Philadelphia-area researchers argue that the job should go to a broader range of health care providers.

Three years ago, the federal government agreed to reimburse primary care providers, including physicians, nurse specialists or practitioners, and physician assistants for counseling sessions designed to help Medicare and Medicaid patients lose weight.

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